Author: Kalpokas Petras, 1880 - 1945
Material / technique: oil on canvas.
Dimensions: 98x85 cm.
Signature: Petras Kalpokas/1928 m. (in the top-right corner of the painting).
The portrait of Kazys Prapuolenis (1928), a canon, by Petras Kalpokas (1880–1945) is both ornate and formal. The time when the portrait was painted coincides with the active creative period in the artist’s life. In 1928, a large solo exhibition of Kalpokas was staged and the Catalogue of Petras Kalpokas’ Survey Exhibition was published by the Lithuanian Art Society.
Prapuolenis is portrayed in a very representative manner. The canon, the first non-formal representative of Lithuania in the Vatican, researcher of Lithuanian history, publicist, and active public figure is painted wearing a cassock and state awards: the Cross of the Knight of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas and the Cross of Officer of the Order of Vytautas the Great.
Reference: Description of the "Meetings" exhibition. - M. K.Čiurlionis National Museum of Art, Kaunas.
Exhibitions: Exhibition of the dr. J. Gumbis art collection “Meetings”, 2015 July 3 – September 6, M. K.Čiurlionis National Museum of Art, Kaunas.
Published: "Collection. Lithuanian Collectors' Association magazine". Vilnius, No. 3, 1996, P. 61; Nijolė Tumėnienė "Petras Kalpokas Painting and surroundings", M.K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art, 2021, P. 216, Cat. no. 87.