Still-life with Toys
Still-life with Toys

Still-life with Toys

Author: Galdikas Adomas, 1893 - 1969

Created: 1929.

Material / technique: tempera on paper.

Dimensions: 53.8x42 cm.

Signature: A. Galdikas / 29 (in the bottom-right corner of the painting).

Exhibitions: Exhibition of the Fine Arts Collection of Edmundas Armoška "Outcrops of Lithuanian Art 16th–21th Centuries" 2008 July 3 - August 31, Lithuanian Art Museum, Vilnius.

This still-life by ADOMAS GALDIKAS (1893–1969) makes it possible to trace three influences that nurtured his oeuvre: the Russian avant-garde, the art of the Parisian modernists, and Lithuania, where now and then his sharp eye would notice interesting details. The influence of the theatregoer and set designer can be felt in this picture, too. The objects arranged against the background of rough fabric do not look like impassive models: if you use your imagination, you can easily turn the clown, the toy horse, the viper’s bowstring hemp with its streaky leaves in a yellow pot, and the tube of red paint dropped into the middle of the ‘stage’ among players in a dynamic scene. For instance, if you agree that the background resembles a chess board with black and white squares and is used for playing a game to strict rules, and that the clown and the horse are members of the public who are forced to play this game, then the tube of oil paint could be a symbol of the world modelled by this invisible force. Of course, it could just be a bright red spot, cheerfully distinctive amid the rather sinister colours. After all, the combination of black, white and yellow has always been used as a warning.

Reference: Art Album “Objects on show”. Compiled by G. Jankevičiūtė. Vilnius, ELLEX VALIUNAS, 2017.

Published: "Outcrops of Lithuanian Art 16th–21th Centuries", Vilnius  Exhibition of the Fine Arts Collection of Edmundas Armoška, Vilnius: Lithuanian Art Museum, 2008 Kat. No. II, 26, P. 93; Art Album “Objects on show”. Compiled by G. Jankevičiūtė. Vilnius, ELLEX VALIUNAS, 2017, P. 141, Cat. No. 34, P. 269.