No 118, 23 May 1970
FLOWERS IN CREATIVE
WORK AND AT HEART
“Many people admire my flower-garden”, and as if guessing my thoughts (I thought how much effort was needed to make this quite a large area to start blooming and to find a suitable place for grey stone in this garden spot) adds: : “I take a rest here… One or two hours of work in the flower-garden and then you come back and at once finish your painting. I work over there…” he waved his hand towards the house. We come in. A lot of paintings – finished, already known and still without frames, fixed to easels and smelling of paint – meet us… His life has been surrounded with joys and troubles of creative work for almost half a century.
“The dearest things are always those that occur for the first time in life”, Č. Znamierovskis says. “In 1929 I arranged the first one-man exhibition in Vilnius and exhibited about 60 works. I participated in exhibitions in Krakow, Warsaw and other cities. Here is the first diploma for the painting ‘Rain’ which I was awarded in the contest in Krakow in 1931”.
The artist opens a small box: “This is a bronze medal which I brought from Warsaw for the canvas ‘Before Storm’ in 1933”.
Today the artist is 80 years of age. He has had a long and full of meaning life. In 1965 Č. Znamierovskis was awarded the honorary title of the Honoured Art Worker of LSSR.
We go from one picture to another. The artist remembers the painting dates: there are a lot of them as he created over 2000 works within fifty years. They are landscapes, portraits. Landscapes are the main trend in his creative work. You look at a number of his pictures and see with what love Lithuanian nature and Vilnius environs have been painted. Some of his paintings are of large-scale panoramic character as e.g. “Before Rain”, “The Neris at Vilnius” and “Vilnius Panorama”. The artist seeks realistic view and sensation of space in these canvases. Another group of his landscapes are sketches. In them a vivid mood of the artist’s and spontaneous sensation of nature is felt. The landscapes of the recent years differ from other ones by technique of performance. The stroke is braver and wider, the colours are more acute and the very range of them is more complex.
“I like winter, water and particularly the sea – it so colourful…” speaks the artist looking at the newest works. “I am preparing for a one-man exhibition in which 300 works should be exhibited”.
Yes, such is the dowry of eighty years of life and fifty years of creative activity. I leave the room in which the world of art is alive and go out of the yard for the beautiful management of which the artist was given diplomas… Nature in the creative work and flowers in the everyday life – this is the expression of the young spirits of the painter.
Translated from: Lithuanian
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