Eugenijus Kulvietis

E. Kulvietis became famous for his still-life pictures: fruits and vegetables being the most frequent models for his paintings. In his works he attempted to achieve technical perfection and almost approached a naturalistic style of painting. He produced portraits and landscapes trying to express deeper thoughts evoked by natural phenomena. For his pictures he sometimes chose the objects of historical value, for example, the environs of Kernavė and its mounds. The artist signed his works with his monogram. In 1944 he immigrated to Columbia and lived there for the rest of his life.

Reference: Art album  The World of Landscapes (Volume I) Compiled by: N. Tumėnienė, D. Tarandaitė and J. Semenauskienė. Vilnius, LAWIN, 2010, P. 78.

There were many people who admired the skills of EUGENIJUS KULVIETIS (1883–1959), because his realistic still-lifes were almost like photographs. It is hard to say if they knew that he had taken up photography in Riga in 1898, and after saving some money he went to St Petersburg to work as a photographer. But photography did not satisfy his artistic ambitions, and in 1903 he entered the School of Drawing of the Society for the Promotion of the Arts, and is even thought to have attended the still-life studio at the St Petersburg Academy of Art. He ran into trouble for his involvement in revolutionary activities, and in 1910 he left for the USA. His photography skills were useful to him there, and he opened a photographic studio in Cicero, a suburb of Chicago. Returning to independent Lithuania in 1918, he tried to live by painting. Unfortunately, like many other artists at that time, he had to find an additional source of income, and in 1922 or 1924 he began to teach drawing at a gymnasium in Ukmergė.

Reference: Art Album “Objects on show”. Compiled by G. Jankevičiūtė. Vilnius, ELLEX VALIUNAS, 2017. P. 86.