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Veideman, Karl Ianovich (Veidemanis, Kārlis)
Вейдеман, Карл Янович
Born 1897 (Latvia), Russian Empire; died 1944 (location unknown), USSR

Karl Ianovich Veideman was born Karlis Veidemanis in Latvia when that nation was part of the Russian Empire. In 1915 he graduated from the Riga Society (School) for Painters and Decorators whereby he made his way to Petrograd (St. Petersburg). In Petrograd he enrolled in the drawing school of OPKh (Society for the Encouragement of Artists) where he studied from 1915 to 1917.

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Karl Ianovich Veideman was born Karlis Veidemanis in Latvia when that nation was part of the Russian Empire. In 1915 he graduated from the Riga Society (School) for Painters and Decorators whereby he made his way to Petrograd (St. Petersburg). In Petrograd he enrolled in the drawing school of OPKh (Society for the Encouragement of Artists) where he studied from 1915 to 1917.

During the October Revolution, Veideman and artists Gustav Klutsis (Gustavs Klucis), Vladimir Anders (Voldemar Anderson) and Karl Ioganson (Karls Johanssons) together formed an art studio within the 9th regiment of Latvian Riflemen. The Riflemen were historically a section of the Imperial Russian Army that defended the Baltics against the Germans in World War I. The four artists were in the 9th regiment during the October Revolution and served as Red Guards in Moscow and in Petrograd.

After the revolution, Veideman moved to Germany for a brief period. Upon his return to the Soviet Union, he worked as a graphic designer. With Anders and Klutsis, their design skills helped further develop the burgeoning aesthetic of Soviet art during the 1920s to the early 1930s. Karl Veideman was arrested in 1938 by Soviet authorities and was executed in 1944. Various sources record his birth year as 1895 and his year of death as 1945.

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Sources & Citations

Witkovsky, M. S., Fore, D., Bois, Y.A. (2017). Revoliutsiia! demonstratsiia!: Soviet art put to the test. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago.
Milner, J. (1996). A dictionary of Russian and Soviet artists 1420-1970. Woodbridge: Antique Collectors' Club.
Bown, M. C. (1991). Art under Stalin. Oxford: Holmes & Meier.