Flowers in a White Vase

Stasys Ušinskas1932/1933

Lithuanian Art Centre TARTLE

Lithuanian Art Centre TARTLE
Vilnius, Lithuania

While painting this picture, Stasys Ušinskas (1905–1974) was more concerned about how than what to portray. The subject of this still-life is particularly ordinary: a bunch of dahlias, asters and bending-over lilies in a white faceted vase standing on the corner of a table, against a background of bluish drapery descending in hard folds. The artist, who was living in Paris at the time, was not content with the usual painting materials: he decided to use a new method to improve the texture, and covered plain areas with coarse sand, thus achieving a flickering effect. In this way, he enriched the objects with even more materiality. It is an excellent example of the modification of a genre tradition which had turned into a visual stereotype! Text author Giedrė Jankevičiūtė.

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  • Title: Flowers in a White Vase
  • Creator: Stasys Ušinskas
  • Date Created: 1932/1933
  • Physical Dimensions: 59,5cm x 69,4cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil, Coarse Sand on Canvas