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Viktoras Vizgirda was born in the village of Dominikoniai, in Lithuania, on January 14, 1904. His father, Jonas Vizgirda, farmed on rented land and was a surveyor by trade. His mother, Anele Rumsaite Vizgirdiene, came from nearby Visakio Ruda. Viktoras had an older brother Juozas (1903-1962), a younger brother Tadas (1912-1980), and a sister Marija (1909-1996). Father died in 1913, mother - in 1947.

The farm burned down during the First World War in 1914 and the family relocated to Kaunas, where Viktoras began his secondary education. While at the Saule High School, he became acquainted with artist Adomas Galdikas, who came to teach drawing classes there in 1918. On December 15, 1920, Viktoras started attending drawing classes by Justinas Vienozinskis. These classes became the nucleus of the new Kaunas Art School in 1922. Viktoras continued his studies at the School, majoring in painting, and was part of the first graduating class in May of 1926. At a school-sponsored exhibit in 1924, Viktoras Vizgirda won a bronze medal for a painting of his own portrait. In 1925 and 1926, his paintings continued to gain him recognition and written commendations.

In 1926, Vizgirda received a one-year scholarship to study art in Paris from the Lithuanian government. He departed for Paris in November. While in Paris, he attended Académie Lhote, Académie de la Grande Chaumiére, and V. Shukhayev's drawing studio.

From 1928 to 1940, he taught drawing classes in secondary schools at Raseiniai, Pagegiai and Kaunas.

Viktoras Vizgirda was an active member of Lithuanian artist associations. In 1930, he became a member the Society of Independent Artists, and started to exhibit his works. In 1932, with several artist colleagues, he formed the ARS collective to foster an original Lithuanian style in the spirit of 20th century art. In 1935, he became a member of the commission on fine arts at the Ministry of Culture of the Lithuanian government. In May of 1936, he was elected for a two-year term as the president of the Lithuanian Artists' Union. In 1937, he was chosen to be among the artists representing Lithuania in exhibits at Riga in Latvia and Tallinn in Estonia.

When appointed as inspector at the Vilnius School of Fine Arts, Vizgirda moved to Vilnius in 1940. The following year, the school was renamed the Academy of Fine Arts and Vizgirda became its director. In 1943, the Academy, along with all other institutions of higher learning in Lithuania, was closed by the Nazis.

In 1944, as the German-Russian front neared Vilnius, he withdrew to the West, taking up temporary residence in Austria and Germany. From 1946 to 1949 he headed the painting department at the Ecole des Arts et Métiers (School of Applied Arts) at Freiburg/im Breisgau.

He emigrated to the United States in 1950, settled in Boston, and till 1966 worked at a number of stained glass studios. At the same time, he independently produced his own creations in stained glass.

Most of Vizgirda's artistic output consists of landscapes and still-lifes. His work was significantly influenced by his teacher Justinas Vienozinskis, a master of the landscape, and by French artists of the post-impressionist school. However, Vizgirda developed his own style early in his development as a painter, and he remained faithful to it all his life. With the exception of his portraits, colors rather than form of depicted objects constituted his principal form of expression. Able to work with a variety of media, he created works in stained glass, ceramics, textiles, pastels, and watercolor, but his preferred media were oils and acrylics on canvas.

From 1932 to 1989 in print and in live talks and presentations, Vizgirda promoted professionalism in the arts. He always demanded excellence and drew a sharp line between professional and amateurish art. His target audience was Lithuanian-speakers and he delivered his message in his native Lithuanian language.

In 1991, Vizgirda suffered a stroke and paralysis. His last painting, started in 1990, was not finished. Viktoras Vizgirda died on July 10, 1993, in Cape Cod. His remains were cremated, returned to the country of his birth, and buried on October 5, 1993, at the Antakalnis cemetery in Vilnius, Lithuania.

References

  • Viktoras Liutkus, Viktoras Vizgirda, Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2000.
  • Encyclopedia Lituanica, vol. 6, Boston, Massachussets, 1978

Acknowledgement
We gratefully acknowledge the initiative of Mr. Richard Lizdenis of Cape Cod to collect the images of the art works of Viktoras Vizgirda and to have them shown here.

Solo Exhibits

  • 1957 - October 26-27, Lithuanian-American Ethnic Union building, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1958 - January 13-31, Twentieth Century Association Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1961 - February 5-17, Almus Art Gallery, Great Neck, New York
  • 1961 - April 15-23, Lithuanian Art Gallery Ciurlionis, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1966 - From July 31, Lithuanian National Museum of Art, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 1972 - April 22-23, Lithuanian-American Ethnic Union building, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1972 - From June 18, St. Casimir Parish hall, Los Angeles, California
  • 1973 - January 12-21, Lithuanian Art Gallery Ciurlionis, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1976 - From March 27, Resurrection Parish exhibition hall, Toronto, Canada
  • 1977 - From July 16, Franciscan Summer Retreat reading room, Kennebunkport, Maine
  • 1982 - August 28 to September 5, Ondine Gallery, Centerville, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  • 1984 - February 17 to April 1, M. K. Ciurlionis Museum of Art, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • 1993 - "In Memorium", September 30 - March (1994), Lithuanian National Museum of Art, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 1994 - March 19 to June, Kaunas Picture Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • 1998 - April 25 to May (1999), Suvalkija Gallery of Art, Vilkaviskis, Lithuania
  • 1999 - "Sky Through Tree Branches", February 12 to March 6, "Lietuvos Aidas" Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
Group Exhibits
  • 1924 - Kaunas Art School exhibition, Kaunas, Lithuania - won bronze medal
  • 1930 - December 21 to January 12 (1931), Society of Independent Artists exhibition, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania - V.V displays 7 paintings
  • 1932 - June, 3-artist exhibition, Marijampole, Lithuania
  • 1932 - October 30 to December 4, First ARS Exhibition, M. K. Ciurlionis National Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania - V.V. displays 11 paintings
  • 1932 - November 1 to December 1, Society of Independent Artists exhibition, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • 1933 - May, ARS modern art collection, French-Lithuanian Association hall, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • 1933 - 2-artist exhibition, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • 1934 - April 15 to May 6, Second ARS Exhibition, Bank of Agriculture hall, Kaunas, Lithuania - V.V. displays 9 paintings
  • 1934 - August 12 to September 12, review of Lithuanian art, Vytautas The Great Museum of Culture, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • 1935 - December 15 to February 3 (1936), First Fall Art Exhibition, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • 1936 - June 6 to July 15, Summer Art Exhibition, Vytautas The Great Museum of Culture, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • 1936 - December 6 to January 10 (1937), Second Fall Art Exhibition, Religious Art Museum, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • 1937 - Lithuanian Art exhibition, Riga Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia
  • 1937 - Lithuanian Art exhibition, Kunstihoones hall, Tallinn, Estonia
  • 1937 - December 19 to January 18 (1938), Third Fall Exhibition, Vytautas The Great Museum of Culture, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • 1938 - December 4 to January 15 (1939), Fourth Fall Exhibition, Vytautas The Great Museum of Culture, Kaunas, Lithuania - V.V. won a prize for his painting
  • 1939 - May 12-20, National Savings Bank, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • 1939 - November 19 to December 5, Fifth Fall Exhibition, Vytautas The Great Museum of Culture, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • 1940 - June 2 to July 1, review of Lithuanian art, T. Vrublevskis Library, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 1942 - May 8 to June 7, review of Lithuanian art, Vytautas The Great Museum of Culture, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • 1943 - Samogitian Art exhibition, Alka Museum, Telsiai, Lithuania
  • 1944 - March 19 to April 19, exhibit of Lithuanian art, Lithuanian National Museum of Art, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 1947 - September 20-30, Baltic States Art Exhibition, Oldenburg, West Germany
  • 1948 - Lithuanian art exhibition, Hanau, West Germany
  • 1949 - March 15-31, Lithuanian art exhibition, Augustiner Museum, Freiburg, West Germany
  • 1949 - Baltic States Exile Art exhibition, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1949 - Baltic States Exile Art exhibition, The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1949 - Baltic States Exile Art exhibition, Paris, France
  • 1951 - The Boston Society of Independent Artists exhibition, The Museum of Fine Arts & Boston University Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1952 - The Boston Society of Independent Artists exhibition, The Museum of Fine Arts & Boston University Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1953 - The Boston Society of Independent Artists exhibition, The Museum of Fine Arts & Boston University Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1956 - March 11 to April 1, exhibition of religious art, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1957 - The Boston Society of Independent Artists exhibition, The Museum of Fine Arts & Boston University Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1957 - Lithuanian art exhibition, Canada
  • 1958 - The Boston Society of Independent Artists exhibition, The Museum of Fine Arts & Boston University Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1958 - Lithuanian art exhibition, Riverside Museum, New York
  • 1958 - Artist In Exile exhibition, Chicago University, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1959 - From April 13, five artist exhibition, Bavarian Hofbrau, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1960 - July 6-30, The Copley Society of Boston exhibition, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1961 - June 3-4, Lithuanian art collections in Boston exhibition, Lithuanian-American Ethnic Union building, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1962 - September to October, First Exhibition of Lithuanian Exile Art, O'Keefe Center for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada
  • 1962 - October, The Cambridge Art Association exhibition, Gallery 18, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1962 - November 21-25, Lithuanian art exhibition, Second Cultural Congress, Lithuanian Art Gallery Ciurlionis, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1963 - September, Second Exhibition of Lithuanian Exile Art, O'Keefe Center for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada
  • 1964 - March 7-15, exhibition of religious art by Lithuanian artists, Holy Cross Parish hall, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 - June 16 to September 9, Boston Art Festival, Public Gardens, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1965 - March 21 to April 18, art exhibition, Arlington Street Church
  • 1969 - February 15-23, Lithuanian Art Institute's exhibition, Lithuanian Art Gallery Ciurlionis, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1971 - February 13-21, Lithuanian art exhibition, Cultural Hearth, New York, New York
  • 1972 - February 19-27, great Lithuanian art exhibition, Cultural Hearth, New York, New York
  • 1973 - February 16-25, February 16th traditional exhibition, Lithuanian Art Gallery Ciurlionis, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1973 - August 9-26, Lithuanian art exhibition, Brockton Art Center - Fuller Memorial, Brockton, Massachusetts
  • 1973 - August 10 to September 5, "12 Lithuanian Artists in America" exhibition, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  • 1974 - From February 4, "Six Baltic Artists" exhibition, City Hall gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1976 - February 16th traditional exhibition, Lithuanian Art Gallery Ciurlionis, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1977 - September 3 to October 9, exhibition from the Byla and Bylaitis collections, Lithuanian Art Gallery Ciurlionis, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1978 - May, five artist exhibition, Lithuanian Cultural Club, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1978 - 20th Anniversary of the New York Lithuanian Artist Association exhibition, New York, New York
  • 1980 - February 22 to March 2, Lithuanian Art Institute's exhibition, Lithuanian Art Gallery Ciurlionis, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1982 - February 13-14, 12th Annual exhibition of Lithuanian art, Cultural Hearth, New York, New York
  • 1983 - February 12-13, 12th Annual exhibition of Lithuanian art, Cultural Hearth, New York, New York
  • 1983 - June 25 to July 4, Lithuanian Artists of the World exhibition, Lithuanian Art Gallery Ciurlionis, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1987 - exhibition of art donated to Lithuania, Art Exhibition Hall, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 1988 - June 24-27, "Lithuanian Art '88" exhibition, Toronto, Canada
  • 1989 - February 10 to March 5, "Lithuanian Art '89" exhibition, Lithuanian Art Gallery Ciurlionis, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1989 - February 11-12, 16th Annual exhibition of Lithuanian art, Cultural Hearth, New York, New York
  • 1990 - February, "Art '90, Religion In Lithuanian Art" exhibition, Lithuanian Art Gallery Ciurlionis, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1991 - February 16 to March 11, "Lithuanian Art '91" exhibition, Lithuanian Art Gallery Ciurlionis, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1992 - October 31 to March 1 (1993), "Reminiscentia" exhibition, ARS First Exhibition's 60th Anniversary, Lithuanian Art Gallery Ciurlionis, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1993 - "The Return" exhibit of exile Lithuanian art, National Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
Stage Decoration
  • 1932 - V.V. created stage decoration for the performance of "Dam" by V. Alantas for the Lithuanian National Theatre
Collections
  • M. K. Ciurlionis National Museum, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • National Museum of Art, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Lithuanian Art Gallery Ciurlionis, Chicago, Illinois
  • Lithuanian Museum of Art, Lemont, Illinois
  • Other public and private collections

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