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Vytautas Kasiulis – Plenty of Sunshine

September 12, 2011

After publishing the interview with our currently exhibiting artist Jovita S. (don‘t forget to have a look at her Architectural Sketches!) we decided to introduce you to a Lithuanian artist Vytautas Kasiulis (1918-1995). His colour exploading paintings, pastels and lithographs surely deserve to be noticed by anyone who is constantly seeking for inspiration or is interested in modern Art. After all this is the artist who‘s work inspired Jean Chabanon to say that „in this world  all people are poets, all objects – ornaments, and all gardens are gardens of Paradise“. 

Vytautas Kasiulis "Duck" 1960s.

Vytautas Kasiulis is one of the few Lithuanian artists who has achieved recognition through out the world, yet he still remains known only to the real Art connoisseurs or Art critics, who on many occasions have called him one of the most interesting Parisian school painters of the 2nd half of the 20th century and compared his art work to the ones of Raoul Dufy‘s, Georges Rouault‘s, Marc Chagall‘s. No wonder his paintings have been acquired by museums and galleries in Europe (France, Great Britain, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany), South and North America (Argentina, the USA, Canada) and Australia.   

No one would argue that the French culture has had an impact on Kasiulis, but he had reached Paris, the city of his dreams, already being a mature artist – having created lots of art works, having experimented in different genres and having exhibited at quite a few exhibitions. Before settling down in France (1948) he studied in Australia and Germany, and if not for the WW2 otcomes, he might have returned to his motherland – Lithuania.

Vytautas Kasiulis "Book sellers near the Seine in Paris" 1970s.

„Kasiulis’ stylistic creative manner characterised by virtuoso play of lines, refined colour scheme sparkling in consonances of colours, light and playful stylisation of forms developed in Paris. The artist further perfected the original method of painting shapes that he had discovered in his youth: in its structure, the image resembles a negative that in flashes of lighter daubs emerges from a darker background.“ (Laima Bialopetravičienė)

Vytautas Kasiulis "Two Dogs" 1957

His canvases, pastels and lithographs portray familiar to the artist life on the streets of Paris, but the whole ironical attitude, bright colours and lines, manner of painting turns them into something that can be recognised as real and at the same time – as the fruit of Kasiulis‘ imagination. His graphic  works, landscapes or art work based on biblical motifs are no less expressive – they quite often remind of stained glass created by medieval masters.

More than 50 years after the artists death you can still aquire art works from his huge legacy (around 2700 according to his wife Bronė Kasiulienė).  We doubt that anyone can stay indiffrent to the paintings of the artist, who thought that it is high time both people and painters gave more attention to the joys of living:

“People are worrying too much. After all, what do we really need? A room, a bed and one square meal a day. There is still plenty of sunshine around.”

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