Gudaitis

SOUL LIKE A BIRD

Painter A. Gudaitis (1904-1989) is one of the brightest personalities of Lithuanian art world that has shaped and developed the principles of Lithuanian modern expressionist and coloristic painting. The initiator of “Ars” group, who managed to support himself in the most difficult historical circumstances with a strong and indipendent character and endurance. For his whole life, A. Gudaitis gathered young and creative people around himself, he was a great teacher, who left a great mark in the creations of his students and often in their very destinies as well.

The legacy of A. Gudaitis is very diverse and colorful. The constant hunger for knowledge, the inherent curiosity, the interest in literature, music, theater, the creations of both the Lithuanian artists and the ones of the world created the wide horizon of the artist. The dynamism and contradictions of life and creation reflect in the ideological, symbolical and thematic multilayer of his works, the painful experiences often merge with irony or self-irony. A. Gudaitis painted still lifes, landscapes, portraits, created drawings, posters, scenery, prepared interior projects. His paintings are characterized by combinations of rich contrasting colors, bright paint textures, free movement of the strokes and motifs from the folk art. The most important thing is the figurative compositions of indefinite thought. There are many symbolic, allegorical paintings in the works of the later period.

The exhibition features paintings and drawings covering the last period of the mature creation, in which the mood of existentialism, the desire to free oneself from the limitations of the visible world and the meaninglessness of a chaotic being come to life. There predominates he motif of the image of the bird as a slowly traveling soul. The depicted characters acquire the features of a self-portrait. Deepening into oneself, one’s inner world and its transformations, reflections of the running, shortening time return the artist to the very beginning – the mother’s face is highlighted in the paintings. The works also reveal the pantheistic conception of the world, A. Gudaitis’ special closeness to nature. Humans and birds here are inseparable participants of one world, equal participants of one being, as if they are in an intermediate state – between being and non-being.

– Algė Gudaitytė