The work The New Settlers by Antanas Gudaitis is a programmatic piece by the 'father' of Expressionist painting in Lithuania. It was produced in the second half of 1933, after the painter had returned to Lithuania after studying for four years in Paris, and was staying with Juozas Petrėnas-Tarulis in Kaunas, while looking for a job and a place to live. It still has an air of lightness about it, which is felt in the brushwork and the colours, a taste probably acquired in the capital of modernism. In order to make an interesting colour combination, the artist boldly painted the goats in tones of blue and the cows in tones of red. The characters and the mood recall Parisian depictions of musicians and circus artists, although the portrayal of the young peasant couple, rather than reflecting their joy of life, expresses their anxiety and problems. The liking for the enjoyment of culture that the artist acquired in Paris is gradually overshadowed by an empathy for the less fortunate and a sense of duty to society. The title given to the painting, which shows a young couple burdened by need, turned the work in the eyes of contemporaries into a reference to a pressing problem in society, which is reflected in both the art and the literature of the period.
Valentinas AntanavičiusArbit Blatas (Neemija Arbitblatas)Vincas DilkaVladas EidukevičiusAdomas GaldikasJonas GasiūnasVincentas GečasAntanas GudaitisKsenija JaroševaitėVytautas Kazimieras JonynasVytautas KairiūkštisGediminas KaraliusVincas KisarauskasJuozas MikėnasDeimantas NarkevičiusMindaugas NavakasViktoras PetravičiusEglė RakauskaitėFerdynand RuszczycAntanas SamuolisŠarūnas SaukaAugustinas SavickasLudomir SleńdzińskiAntanas SutkusArvydas ŠaltenisJonas ŠvažasAlgimantas ŠvėgždaGintautas TrimakasSofija VeiverytėJustinas VienožinskisJuozas ZikarasKazimiera ZimblytėAntanas Žmuidzinavičius
Antanas Gudaitis. The New Settlers. 1933