No 21, 24 May 1975
Lithuanian Creative Unions Weekly
Česlovas Znamierovskis Celebrates his 85th Birthday
As he was born in Latvia, in the rural district of Pilden, in the farmstead of Zatiše, the future painter has taken a liking to nature since the very childhood. Later on there was Petersburg, the School of Art, the head of which was N. Rerikh at that time, then the Academy of Art. After the October Revolution he returns to Latvia and joins in the life of art. He displays his landscapes in Riga art show-room. After that he again takes up studies and at this time at Vilnius University Faculty of Art under the management of a well-known artist, F. Ruščicas (1870-1936). When on graduation from university Č. Znamierovskis arranged an exhibition of his works in 1929, F. Ruščicas who visited it said to the author: “You are good at drawing but not so good at painting”. As the painter remembers, this comment forced him to think about painting, especially about the role of colour in the landscape.
Within over of 50 years of creative activity the hero of the anniversary has painted more than 2 000 landscapes, still lifes and portraits. He always sticks to his creative principles. The painter says that there shall be inner contents or a mood experienced by an artist in the landscape; the spectator should feel the same what the painter did while creating. In Č. Znamierovskis’ opinion, the young painters sometimes are too much attracted by a creative experiment the aim of which is not always clear even for them.
A favourite motif of the painter is a meandering river in the landscape, sometimes represented in a wide panoramic view and sometimes in an intimate and romantic way. We will also find works of some other kind in the gallery of his paintings, as e.g. “Salute in Vilnius” (1958), “The Victory Day in Vilnius” (1950), etc.
The hero of the anniversary is inclined to depict nature as more beautiful and idyllic. From his earlier works such landscapes as “Before Rain” (1930), “Before Storm” (1932), “Storm-Clouds” (1933), “Night above the River” (1943), etc. are worth mentioning. In some recent landscapes of Č. Znamierovskis a free and easy brush stroke is observed, there is no detailed representation or decorating of nature views in them (“Autumn’s Motif”, 1969; “The First Snow”, 1974; “March”, 1974). The painter is able of rendering a transitory mood of nature that is to say as he states himself there are certain “impressionist tendencies” in his creation.
Being a great lover of flowers Č. Znamierovskis has created a lot of still lifes that reveal the natural beauty of flowers. Within the long years of creative work the painter has arranged five extensive one-man exhibitions in Vilnius (1929, 1936, 1954, 1962 and 1970) and his works have been acquired by Lithuanian and foreign museums.
We wish the painter Česlovas Znamierovskis who has reached such honourable age good health and creative success.
Translated from: Lithuanian
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