October 31, 1876|
Seirijai, Russian Empire
August 9, 1966 (aged 89)|
Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
First Exhibition of Lithuanian Art|
Vilnius Art Society
Antanas Žmuidzinavičius (October 31, 1876 – August 9, 1966) was a Lithuanian painter and art collector. Sometimes he used Antanas Žemaitis ("Samogitian" - a loose translation of his surname into Lithuanian) as his pen name.
Žmuidzinavičius was born in Seirijai. In 1894 he graduated from Veiveriai Teachers' Seminary. From 1899 studied at various European universities. Later Žmuidzinavičius delivered lectures about Lithuania. Together with Lithuanian painter and composer M.K. Čiurlionis and other prominent Lithuanians organized the First Exhibition of Lithuanian Art at Petras Vileišis house.
In December 1907, He established the Vilnius Art Society with Boleslaw Balzukiewicz (1879–1935), Stanislaw Filibert Fleury (1858–1915), Sofija Gimbutaite (1869–1911), Antanas Žmuidzinavičius (1876–1966), Lev Antokolski (1872–1942), Ivan Rybakov, and Hjalmar Ganson (1864–?). Between 1926 and 1940 he taught drawing in Kaunas, and in 1947 Žmuidzinavičius became a professor. Among his most famous paintings are Gavo laišką (Received a Letter, 1904), Paskutiniai spinduliai (Last Rays, 1908), Estijos peizažas (Landscape of Estonia, 1929).
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