Domicelė TARABILDIENĖ

Born in the town of Andrioniškis in the Anykščiai district in 1912, she died in Vilnius in 1985. She graduated in sculpture at Kaunas Art School in 1935. While still a student, she took an interest in photography and created photomontages. Between 1937 and 1939 she studied graphic art and sculpture at the Higher School of Decorative Arts in Paris. She illustrated about 70 books children’s books between 1934 and 1975, and collaborated with publishers in Lithuania, Moscow, Kiev, Riga and Tallinn. She won many different prizes and awards: in 1939, she won the State Prize for her illustrations to the folk collection Šimtas liaudies baladžių (A Hundred Folk Ballads), edited by Jonas Balys, which made her famous as a classic of the national school of graphic art. From the point of view of the present day, her most interesting drawings are those that were ideologically engaged, and her attempts at modernism in the 1960s.