The painting All Through the Night belongs to the early period of Antanas Žmuidzinavičius' work, from immediately after his return from studying in Paris, when he settled in a little house in the Antakalnis district of Vilnius.
The composition of the painting is simple, almost ascetic. It shows a centrally placed table, and a male figure bent over it writing. A dim table lamp is reflected in the window pane, with the sky already lightening. There are several books on the table, sheets of paper that have been written on overnight, and an ink pot. The painting is in the realist style typical of the artist, in warm earthy tones. The subject of the painting is the young writer and public figure Konstantinas Jasukaitis. He shared a house with the artist for a while, and acted as his model.
The painting was shown at the First Lithuanian Art Exhibition in 1907. The compelling and romanticised image aroused much interest among viewers. The writer Žemaitė, describing her impressions, wrote how it had an impact on her as a symbol of Lithuanian intellectuals fighting against oppression. Thus, a real and simple scene from everyday life was elevated by contemporaries to become a dramatic metaphor and an allegory for the National Revival of the late 19th century and the period of the ban on the Lithuanian printed word.
The paintingAllThrough the Nightby Antanas Žmuidzinavičius is a major work from the early 20th century, which has transcended the boundaries of the image, to become a national symbol of the times.