Portrait of Emilia Baniewicz
Portrait of Emilia Baniewicz

Portrait of Emilia Baniewicz

Author: Smuglevičius Feliksas, 1824 - 1863

Created, location: 1849, Biržai.

Material/technique: oil on canvas.

Dimensions:  63x50.5 cm.

Felix Antoni Smuglewicz (1824–?) painted mostly landscapes and portraits, but was not the most famous or the most productive of the Smuglewicz family of artists. He did not limit his activities to painting: he took part in the Samogitian cultural movement, and corresponded with Simonas Daukantas, Mikalojus Akelaitis, and other important figures who helped to revive the Lithuanian national identity. In the 1850s he became involved in the activities of the cultural circle led by his brother Franciszek in Courland. He painted a portrait of the landowner Emilia Baniewicz, a relation of the Herbsts, in 1849 on a visit home to Biržai from St Petersburg (he studied at the St Petersburg Academy of Art from 1847 to 1852). Information about the time and the place of the painting of the portrait, as well as the date of the death of the woman depicted (29 September 1855), and where she was buried (the Catholic cemetery in Biržai), is indicated in an inscription on the back of the picture. Such precision in Lithuanian art is very rare.

References: Art Album"More Than Just Beauty. The Image of Woman in the LAWIN collection." Compiled by G. Jankevičiūtė. Vilnius, LAWIN, 2012, P. 32.

Exhibitions:“More Than Just Beauty: The Image of Woman in the LAWIN collection”, 12 October – 11 November 2012, National Gallery of Art; Vilnius  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.

Published: Art Album "More Than Just Beauty. The Image of Woman in the LAWIN collection." Compiled by G. Jankevičiūtė. Vilnius, LAWIN, 2012, P.33 Kat. No. 13, "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, 61, P. 104.