Vaclovas KOSCIUŠKA

Born in the town of Gerainiai in present-day Belarus in 1911, he died in Vilnius in 1984. He studied at Kaunas Art School in 1935. On receiving a grant from the Ministry of Defence, he trained in Paris from 1937 to 1940, improving his skills at painting battle scenes. At the same time, he made several compositions for allegorical battle scenes for the Kaunas War Museum. He worked as a teacher in schools in Vilnius, at the Lithuanian State Art Institute and at Vilnius University. His work includes paintings, theatre sets, costumes, posters, book covers, illustrations for eight children’s books, and drawings for children’s magazines. His illustrations for Eduardas Mieželaitis’ poem Zuikis Puikis (Puikis the Hare), which were stylistically close to the early Walt Disney films, made him famous: they have been published in Lithuanian, Russian, Slovak and Arabic).