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Vilnius in winter

Author: Czesław Znamierowski (1890–1977)
Dimensions:64 × 99 cm

bottom left: C. ZNAMIEROWSKI 73

Czesław Znamierowski (18901977) was one of the founders of the Independent Artists’ Society (1931), which declared its commitment to realistic art. He studied at Petrograd Academy of Art. After the First World War he lived in Ludza in Latvia, and then moved to Vilnius, where he studied painting at Stephen Báthory University. In the Soviet period, Znamierowski belonged to the older generation of artists, and painted realistic plein air landscapes with Impressionist elements. Vilnius in winter focuses on a classic Impressionist theme: lighting on a sunny winter’s day, when the snow becomes blue in the shadows and pink in the sun. The view from Bekešas Hill is painted in elaborate and fine strokes: the snow-covered roofs of the Old Town stretch away to a misty horizon, and below is an empty park with straight paths and old trees which have now been cut down. This is what the Bernardine Gardens, redesigned in the Soviet period and renamed ‘Youth Gardens’, used to look like.

Source: Valiunas Ellex (LAWIN until 2015) art album: VILNIUS. TOPOPHILIA I (2014). Compiler and author Laima Laučkaitė