Year XIII, Nr. 119 (3730), SUNDAY 23 MAY 1965
THE OLDEST VISUAL
ARTIST IN VILNIUS
IN CELEBRATION OF THE 75TH BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY OF CZESLAW ZNAMIEROWSKI
Czeslaw Znamierowski was born in Lithuania, on May 23, 1890 in the family of working intellectuals. After graduating from the high school in Daugavpils (Dzwinsk), the future artist could not take up the vocation for which he had natural talent. He occupied offices in different institutions, worked in offices and as a draftsman. And in only just five years he collected the necessary amount of money and headed to Petersburg in 1912. He started to study painting in the school of the Zacheta Society of Fine Arts and he spent there two years. Obviously this was not a big period of time, but admittedly it had a great impact on him as a future painter.
In 1917, after the revolution in February, Czeslaw Znamierowski went back to Lithuania. And when the Great October Revolution burst, he actively participated in the social and revolutionary works. The artist took part in the formation of the Soviet authority bodies, he was the leader of the Proletarian culture in Ludz district.
Since 1926 Czeslaw Znamierowski has been living in Vilnius. Here he finished his studies in the realm of arts, which he initiated in the Academy of Fine Arts in Petersburg. Intensively working in his creative field, the visual artist also took an active part in social life. Czeslaw Znamierowski was one of the organizers of the Independent Visual Artists Association in Vilnius, which did a good job in uniting the progressive artists and painters.
He already had a few exhibitions of his works. His canvasses were exposed many times in Lithuania and Poland, and they received many honorary diplomas and medals. In the earlier years of his creative life, Czeslaw Znamierowski painted a few big compositions with revolutionary themes. He also painted portraits. But later he entirely devoted his art to landscapes. This was closest to his heart. And exactly in this sphere he got his best results.
Cz. Znamierowski’s landscapes carry their individual and specific character. They are often remarkable for their lyrical and romantic mood. Every spot of nature, or an epic panorama the artist tries to recreate very meticulously, he tries to present suggestively the space, the perspective, every object. The artist is directed by his own concept of beauty of nature and represents it in the aspect in which he sees it, feels it and admires it.
His small landscape studies, which represent a considerable part of his plastic art works, are extremely beautiful. They delight with their temperament, energy, poetic optimism. The natural views in them are always very romantic, full of rich colours; painting approach – brave, active, lively. The good realistic traditions, which the artist truly preserves and develops in his constructive works, are particularly prominent.
Cz. Znamierowski’s unusual diligence is one of his extraordinary virtues. For some 40 years the artist created above two thousand canvasses. His vigour and talent he devoted to painting. We will find many of his works not only in the museums and institutions of Lithuania, but also in Latvia, USA, Sweden, Germany, in private homes. Czeslaw Znamierowski’s creative work has been highly appreciated and his two honorary diplomas from the Supreme Presidium Committee of Lithuania SSR are evidence for that.
Today Czeslaw Znamierowski is turning 75 years. But yet, even reaching such an old age he does not intend to leave the palette.
We are happy that the artist sees his anniversary full of unexhausted creative energy and optimism.
Translated from: Polish
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