No 21, 23 May 1965
Lithuanian Writers’ Union Weekly
DECADES AT THE EASEL
Č. Znamierovskis’ path to the world of art was winding and complicated. Having finished the secondary school in Daugavpils, he studied art in Petersburg, lived in Latvia for a long time and then again studied art at Vilnius University; since 1926 Č. Znamierovskis has settled in Vilnius. Throughout his long period of creative work he arranged several one-man exhibitions (the last and most extensive one took place in 1962 in Vilnius).
The basic element of the artist’s creation is a landscape done by the painter in different aspects: he is fond both of large-scale panoramic landscapes-compositions (“Before Rain”, “The Neris at Vilnius”, “Vilnius Panorama”, “The Green Lake”, etc.) and industrial views (“Building of Bridge across the Neris”, “Klaipeda Port”, “Control of the Neris Flow”, etc.) as well as small format landscape sketches. If in the first ones the artist renders the epic and calm reflection by strong naturalism of the drawing and colour, aims at experiencing the impression of materiality and space (here the influence of academic art on his works manifests itself), spontaneous breathing of nature and quite different artist’s attitude towards it is felt in his landscape sketches. Cheerful and sensitive spirits radiate from the landscape sketches, the painting manner is more dynamic and courageous, it renders the colours of the landscape in a fuller and more pictorial way, reveals the forms of things and sincere emotions of the artist.
There are a number of paintings-compositions such as “V. Kapsukas Declares Soviet Power in Lithuania”, “The Victory Celebration” as well as portraits among the earlier works of the painter.
Despite his old age, Č. Znamierovskis sensitively lends an ear to a new pulse of time and seeks new artistic means for showing reality in his canvases.
Translated from: Lithuanian
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