Created: after 1960.
Material/technique: oil on canvas.
Dimensions: 70x56 cm.
Signature: VM (in the bottom-right corner of the painting).
Quite a few floral pictures by VYTAUTAS MACKEVIČIUS (1872–1954) show his efforts to keep his hand in despite the burden of administrative work: he was head of the State Art Institute of the Lithuanian SSR from 1953 to 1974, and had many duties with the Lithuanian Artists’ Association. He painted flowers at home, putting a vase with tulips or gladioli on a small thin-legged table with a veneered triangular top typical of the 1960s. The flowers were probably picked and put in a vase by his wife Emilija, who had a large garden by the house. The Mackevičius family lived on Pavasario (Spring) Street in the Antakalnis area of Vilnius, near the home of the graphic artist Eduardas Jurėnas (1923–1993).
Reference: Art Album “Objects on show” . Compiled by G. Jankevičiūtė. Vilnius, ELLEX VALIUNAS, 2017, P. 70.
Published: Art Album “Objects on show” . Compiled by G. Jankevičiūtė. Vilnius, ELLEX VALIUNAS, 2017, Cat. No. 77 P. 278.