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Two prominent writers provide brief essays dealing with Staprans as a "trans-Atlanticist": Latvian cultural critic Helena Demakova brings the perspective of the artist's native country to his American émigré story. American art historian Peter Selz examines realism's rich modernist potential in Staprans and other artists who have pushed realism to discover new conceptual and aesthetic truths.
Staprans is also a writer, known in Latvia mainly for his work for the stage, and excerpts from his writings provide insight into his painting.
Paul J. Karlstrom is a specialist in modern and contemporary art and culture in the United States. He recently retired as West Coast Regional Director of the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art in San Marino, California. Among his publications are On the Edge of America: California Modernist Art, 1900-1950.
|Tranquility and Turbulence in the Art of Raimonds Staprans||7|
|Notes on Realism(s) and the Painting of Raimonds Staprans||29|
|Latvia-California: The Transatlantic Connection of Raimonds Staprans||35|
|Excerpt from The Freezing (Sasalsana)||42|
|On Northern Europe and California, Light and Color||47|
|Dark, Black Secrets||49|
|Appendix||Excerpts from Interview with Raimonds Staprans||119|