In the second half of the 19th century there were relatively few artists working in Lithuania. The most prominent of them was the landscapist Jozef Marszewski, who was born in Vilnius on 14 M arch 1827 (according to his first biographer Vojciech Gerson). He studied the basics of art either under Aleksander Kokular in Warsaw or Vincentas Dmachauskas in Vilnius. Between 1853 and 1856, he studied at St Petersburg Academy of Art in m. Vorobjov’s landscape class, and won minor and major silver medals. H e later continued his studies and travelled extensively in Europe, visiting Paris and Spain. H e studied in Dusseldorf under Andreas Achenbach in 1858, and visited Switzerland and Rome. I n 1864 he visited Dusseldorf again, and in 1869 and 1870 he revisited Paris. W hen he returned from his travels, he lived and worked mostly in Vilnius and Warsaw. He usually painted landscapes of Italy, Germany, Spain, Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland (the Tatras Mountains). Although in his landscapes of Vilnius and its environs he depicted fine details of the relief, vegetation and architecture very realistically, the landscape is idyllic, tranquil and warmly lit, and rather unlike the real scenery of this northerly latitude. Marszewski died on 27 M arch 1883 in Warsaw.
Reference: Art album "The World of Landscapes" (Volume II). Compiled by N. Tumėnienė. Vilnius, LAWIN, 2013, P. 249.