Stop 05

A Winter’s Tale. | Ziemas pasaciņa.
Tempera, 15 in x 31 in (38.10 cm x 78.74 cm), 1989.

My father invented his own storybook worlds when he imagined ancient places of the prehistoric past. His fantasies often referenced familiar Latvian wood architecture and northern landscapes, as we see in A Winter’s Tale. In this playful vignette, an old king and his family enjoy a favorite winter pursuit, taking a sled out for a ride in the deep snow. My dad often invented his own idealized stories about times when kind and innocent Latvian kings and queens could be masters of their own destiny.