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15 July, 2011 – 10 May, 2012

Leonas Lagauskas. Spring. 1960. Soft warnish. Lithuanian Art Museum

Leonas Lagauskas (1928–2010) in Lithuanian history of graphics is known as a genius master of drawing and plate, cherisher of classical etching tradition, author of the cycle of Vilnius’ multilayered panoramas and gallery of virtuoso portrait drawings, long-lived educator, docent of Lithuanian State Art Institute, professor. He shared his excellence and knowledge of graphics techniques among his students. A comprehensive exhibition arranged from the works of art (landscapes, portraits, sketches) donated to Lithuanian Art Museum by artist’s family will revive a considerable piece of Lithuanian history of graphics’ art.

In plates created by artist’s beloved techniques of etching, lithography and soft varnish one can admire joyful and optimistic imagery full of history and present, dreaminess and lyric moods. Plates of Leonas Lagauskas are specific because of its follow-on of classical tradition. This is obvious in a particular modeling of shapes, expressive drawing style. Artist depicted various perspectives from different hills of Vilnius recording capital’s townscapes and revealing the beauty of its architectural and natural surroundings. His compositions are commonly enlivened with tiny conversation piece style mise-en-sc`enes. The theme of Vilnius used to be developed in many compositions of the artist.

Portraits created during students’ practices in pastel, carbon, sanguine or simple pencil depict both elite of science or art and common countrymen. Because of his investigative and sharp eye the artist was able to convey the mood of the subject he portrayed vividly and promptly. He was deeply aware of the particularities of each of the drawing technique, therefore, in order to express more intense characterizations of each subject he used to choose means for it without failing.

The power of his creativity lies in the follow-on of the classical tradition of metal techniques and the particularly and delicately modeled form. A free drawing style and a vitality of works are the long-lived values which are appreciated regardless the change of generations, styles of art and tastes of judges.

Curator Regina Urbonienë



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