Antanas Gudaitis (19041989).
Natiurmortas su vyro galva.
19761979, drobė, aliejus, 87 x 95,5
Jonas Švažas (19251976).
1975, drobė, aliejus, 66 x 70
Colourists: Time to Showcase
Two decades ago
local critics talked extensively of Lithuanian Colourists School.
The fact of many Lithuanian painters being great colourists was mirrored
by larger, Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian events like the Vilnius
A boom of stylistic varieties witnessed by the last decade hushed the
talk of Lithuanian colourists. Yet the tradition is kept alive. In Lithuania
the first colourist was the founder of Kaunas Art School Justinas Vienožinskis,
a student of Cracow Art Academy. He passed his experience on his students,
the would be members of the Ars group, which to a large extent shaped
Lithuanian painting even after the Second World War.
Strong, vibrant colours in the canvases of Lithuanian painters are usually
intrinsically bound with the expressive brushwork and a resourceful
use of texture ranging from thin transparent layers to thick impastos.
Colour also carries some psychological significance.
Stifled by the Soviets, the tradition was revived by Antanas Gudaitis,
who taught painting at Vilnius Academy in the 1960s 1980s. Many
of his students choose colour as a key tool in their artistic arsenal.
The tradition was carried on and modified by the younger artists, who
have been exploring different paths. To mention some, Povilas Ričardas
Vaitiekūnas, ascetic colourist, pursues exploring
expressive powers of a rigidly limited colour scheme. The abstract painter
Linas Leonas Katinas relies on spontaneity and explosions of contrasting
colours. Canvases by Audronė Petrašiūnaitė strike
by extraordinary lightness of colour illuminated by a calm interior
Lithuanian colourists are still waiting for a comprehensive exhibition
and a study on the trend in the local art. One private step has been
made in the direction though. From early March through early May this
year the gallery 011 in Vilnius and Dydrichsen museum in
Helsinki launched a joined project hosted by the Finnish Museum. Curated
by Viktoras Liutkus, exhibition featured 14 painters with 45 works.
Finns wrote it became warmer in Finland from these works.