Solomonas Teitelbaumas. Kalva.
2002, drobė, aliejus, 100x80
Solomonas Teitelbaumas. Karštis.
2002, drobė, aliejus, 50x85
Solomonas Teitelbaumas. Vyšnių sodas.
Žydėjimas. 2003, drobė, aliejus, 80x100
Teitelbaumas: Hamlet of the Lost Jerusalem
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.