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Lithuanian artists of 19th and the early 20th century

In the late 19th and early 20th century less political Lithuanian art flourished as well.

The most famous artist in the era was symbolist painter and composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875-1911; 18 urban streets). He created a unique form of art synthesis by writing music to be listened while watching his particular paintings. He has a following outside Lithuania as well; a mountain range in Russia and an asteroid are named after him. His followers claim that should he been born in the West he would have enjoyed a major worldwide fame. A gallery of his paintings is in Kaunas.

Karalių pasaka (Tale of Kings) by M. K. Čiurlionis (a fragment). ©Augustinas Žemaitis.

There were more famous Lithuanian writers than painters in the era, including Žemaitė (1845-1921; 44 urban streets) who described spartan village life, Jonas Biliūnas (1879-1907; 24 urban streets), the creator of emotional short stories including the allegorical “Phleron of Joy”, Antanas Baranauskas (1835-1902; 11 urban streets) and Pranas Vaičaitis (1876-1901, 9 urban streets).

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