Latvian classic modernism art collection: paintings, graphics and sculptures from the late 19th century and early 20th century.
More than 200 paintings in the collection belong to the so-called Golden Selection of Latvian classic modernism. It was started in 1935 by the museum’s founder Leonīds Āriņš. The collection includes works of Janis Rozentāls, Johans Valters, Vilhelms Purvītis, Jēkabs Kazaks, Ģederts Eliass, Leo Svemps, Valdemārs Tone, Konrāds Ubāns, Jānis Tīdemanis and others. Special consideration is given to local artists: Ansis Artums (1908–1997), Leonīds Āriņš (1907–1991), Kārlis Neilis (1906–1991) and Alberts Pauliņš ((b.) 1948).
The collection of Irlava Art Museum, which was closed in 1949, was also added to the museum’s collection. In 1956, the collection was expanded by 45 pieces of artwork from the State Museum of Latvian and Russian Art (currently Latvian National Museum of Art).
The collection also includes works by Baltic German artists, such as Siegfried Alexander Bielenstein, and foreign artists, such as Sylvester Shchedrin, which are exhibited at Durbe Manor.