Viktoras Palys

Viktoras Palys (Poliakovas, 1907–1987) was the only sculptor in interwar Lithuania who developed his professional skills in working stone, particularly granite. He studied stone carving in Tartu at the Pallas School of Art, under Anton Starkopf, the Estonian classic of modern sculpture, from whom he also acquired Neo-Classical stylistics. Palys produced works on various themes, but he liked best to portray sitting female nudes. In the 1930s, he chiselled them from granite, marble and wood; and after the war, when he was working at the Dailė cooperative in Kaunas, he modelled them from clay, and fired and glazed them. His postwar terracotta nudes differ from his pre-war stone and wooden ones only according to the different materials and techniques he used.

Reference: Art album “More Than Just Beauty” The Image of Woman in the LAWIN collection". Compiled by G. Jankevičiūtė, Vilnius, LAWIN, 2010, P. 180.