Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis : paintings, sketches, thoughts

Compiled by Birutė Verkelytė-Fedaravičienė
Editorial group: Nijolė Adomavičienė … [et al.]
Publisher: Maskva, Russia Molodaya
Year: 2006
Pages: 223
ISBN: 5-7330-0019-8
Language: Russian

Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875 - 1911) is considered to be a genius of Lithuanian music, art and word. His work has attracted the interest of many prominent personalities (from Igor Strawinsky and Vasily Kandinsky to Jacques Lipschitz and Olivier Messiaen), but because the author lived far away from the world cultural centres (at the time, Lithuania and Poland were at the outskirts of the Russian Empire), and later on due to the Soviet occupation (1940-1990), his art could not become famous. In a few short years (1903 - 1909) of creative drive, the painter intuitively sensed many future art trends. The maker of the album Birutė Verkelytė-Federavičienė selected paintings as well as excerpts from letters, literary works and memoirs of contemporaries for publication. She also prepared a catalog of paintings and the history of their exhibition. In addition, thanks to her many years of hard work, the titles of the paintings have been restored and the dates of creation have been clarified. In the album, Milda Mildažytė-Kulikauskienė described the drawings and sketches, Nijolė Adomavičienė reviewed the events of Čiurlionis’ life, Osvaldas Daugelis wrote about the fate of the paintings after the artist's death, and art critic Rasa Andriušytė-Žukienė – about Čiurlionis' work in the beginning of the 20th century.

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