No 207, 06 September 1970
THE WORKS AND
Česlovas Znamierovskis, Honoured Art Worker of the Lithuanian SSR, has also grown together with Vilnius though he was born and studied in Latvia. Taking the age into account he is the oldest artist of our city.
... In each early spring, when the sun thaws the last snow, the people of Vilnius see an older man toiling in his flower-garden. In summer the area around the white house in Antakalnis district begins to thrill and sparkle with colourful blossoms. We often meet him hurrying to Vilnius surroundings with a sketch book. This artist is already eighty but we always see him with his head raised, with a cheerful smile, straight and hurrying to paint the sunset.
Česlovas Znamierovskis has painted two thousand canvases or even more. His works adorn private apartments, state and public buildings, museums. One can only envy such diligence. He works in different genres such as the portrait, panoramic landscape and figure composition. A lot of works differing in genre are presented in the exhibition of which we are speaking. According to the artist this exhibition is as if “confession” of the whole life.
Česlovas Znamierovskis learnt from the best examples of the advanced Russian art and remained true to the realistic method of creation and realistic interpretation of the portrait and picture for life. He has never pursued innovations, modern art fancifulness and remained reserved and original. There is much sincerity, spontaneous mood as well as light and shade effects in his landscapes. He likes depicting stormy and cloudy sky from the rifts of which clear gaps break through and in a spectacular way lie down on green earth, run across the flowing river and strike against brown fields left fallow. The painter has perfectly wielded the dab so a kind touch of the brush is felt in many of his works. The portraits are striking, slightly dry but well done technically. By the way, the artist knows himself that despite of his ability to create portraits, at the bottom he is a landscape painter.
He tries to respond to today’s needs and phenomena by his works. He was the first who created a panoramic picture. This genre can be represented by the industrial staffage “Building of Bridge across the Neris”, panoramic landscapes “The Nemunas”, “The Neris” as wells as “Vilnius Panorama’, “Salute in Vilnius”, “Lenin Square in Vilnius”, “Klaipeda Fishing Port”, etc.
The artist travels a lot. There is more painting, vividness and less light and shade effects in the sketches done by him from nature. They are richer, more melodious and lively. Unfortunately, when the painter transfers a small sketch into a large canvas, the works seem to be slightly repeated and becoming similar.
The period of life is eighty and the period of creation is fifty years. Notwithstanding such a burden of years, Česlovas Znamierovskis is cheerful, energetic and succeeds both in painting and growing flowers. We wish him to rejoice at painting and flowers for long years!
Translated from: Lithuanian
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