Edward Mateusz Römer

Born on 1 October 1848 in deportation in Vologda (Russia), died on 10 February 1900 on the Luna estate near Grodno. In 1852, together with his parents he returned to Lithuania, where he lived in Vilnius and the Antanašė manor. He learned the basics of art from his father Edward Jan Römer and the artists Kanuty Rusiecki and Jan Zienkiewicz. From the autumn of 1867, he briefly studied at the Dresden Art Academy, and from the spring of 1868, attended the Vilnius Drawing School. From 1869 to 1874, he studied at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts, and later travelled in Europe. From 1877, Römer lived in Lithuania. He was influenced by the Munich Art School and Józef Brandt’s painting. Motifs of horses and nature, moody landscapes are predominant. He also painted portraits, scenes of daily life, pictures of historical genre, and folk character types. His paintings are characterized by vividness and naturalness of images, play of light and shadows, and a rich texture. His works were exhibited in Vilnius, Warsaw, Lvov, Paris, Berlin, Munich and Vienna.

Reference: Académie de Vilna. VILNIUS DRAWING SCHOOL 1866–1915. Exhibition Catalogue. Compiled by dr. J. Širkaitė, Vilnius 2017, P. 314.