Jonas Buračas

Jonas Buračas was born on 8 July 1898 in the village of Sidarai, in the Radviliškis district. In 1920 and 1921 he studied to be a teacher in Šiauliai, and from 1921 to 1927 he attended drawing classes in Kaunas and studied at Kaunas School of Art. He and his brother Balys travelled around Lithuania, collecting folklore and folk art. Buračas’ love of the national culture, history and ethnography was paramount throughout his life. In his work, he immortalised numerous fortified hills, pieces of architecture and natural features with not only an artistic value, but also a historical, archaeological and ethnographic value.

Buračas improved his skills in Paris in 1929 and 1930: he attended museums, art galleries and various studios. H e admired I mpressionism and Pointillism, the influence of which is clear in his works from that period. His oil paintings and watercolours are highly professional, and comply fully with the requirements of painting techniques. He died on 15 January 1977 in Kaunas.

Reference: "Jonas Buračas." Reprodukcijos. Introduction written by  N. Tumėnienė. Vilnius, 1977; Jonas Buračas. Exibition for the anniversarry of 80 years  and 50 years of creation. Catalogue. Introduction written by N. Tumėnienė ir A. Buračas. Vilnius, 1978; "Jono Buračo tapyba." Catalogue. Introduction written by N. Tumėnienė.  Intrduction on the subjet written by E. Jovaiša. Šiauliai: Istorijos etnografijos muziejus „Aušra“, 1981; Jonas Buračas.  From 20 th century. Lithuanian Art History. 1900–1940. Vilnius: Vaga, 1983, t. 2, p. 126–128.Art album "The World of Landscapes" (Volume II). Compiled by N. Tumėnienė. Catalogue. Vilnius, LAWIN, 2013, P. 219.

There is no other artist who could be called a recorder of the Lithuanian landscape as much as J. Buračas. Like his brother Balys Buračas, he travelled all over Lithuania on foot, and in his oil paintings, watercolours and drawings he immortalised many fortified hills and other places that no longer exist. After his death, his 1,215 oil and watercolour paintings could only be found in museums and the family collection. Buračas liked to fix certain moments in nature. When he did not manage to finish a landscape, he would return to the place again when the weather and, most importantly, the lighting were similar.

Reference: Art album "The World of Landscapes" (Volume II). Compiled by N. Tumėnienė. Vilnius, LAWIN, 2013, P. 52