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Solomonas Teitelbaumas. Kalva. 2002, drobė, aliejus, 100x80

Solomonas Teitelbaumas. Karštis. 2002, drobė, aliejus, 50x85

Solomonas Teitelbaumas. Vyšnių sodas. Žydėjimas. 2003, drobė, aliejus, 80x100

Solomonas Teitelbaumas: Hamlet of the Lost Jerusalem

by Algis Uždavinys

Solomonas Teitelbaumas, a Lithuanian painter of the Jewish background, b.1972 in Kaunas, fits into the definition of the dramatic Expressionism of the 20th century. With his work mostly oil painting and his passion for aesthetic self-expression, the Cabalistic teaching would consider him Soutine reincarnated. The tendency towards deforming the world into a turbulent flow of irrational experiences, reducing the phenomenal reality into a flux of unstable mental states, points to the Gnostic roots of his sensibility. It may very well be generated by the Judeo-Christian mentality modified into a modernistic way of self-expression integrating both Christian and Jewish drama.
Solomonas Teitelbaumas is ultimately loyal to the artistic vision nurtured by the archetypes of Expressionism that offer the artist an emotional discharge and identification with his subject. The colour and the brushstroke are predominantly important, yet the painter avoids pure abstraction, mostly retaining a narrative theme and philosophical implications of his paintings. In his work, the natural motives often emerge as symbols of the transcendental. The play of light and shade is used for the emphasis of a detail. Yet his is the inner light mostly as contrasted to physical. The sensual data is transformed to create his own suggestive mythological landscape. Passionately interested in Jewish history, he choses Vilnius as his subject in hope to find and record traces of his Jewish forefathers. However, his ultimate goal, in which he seems to identify himself with Hamlet, is to guess the mystery of Being.

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