Women Artists of Interwar Vilnius

Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis


  • Algė Andriulytė Vilnius Academy of Arts, Vilnius, Lithuania




women‘s art, Vilnius, Stephen Báthory University, painting, prints, sculpture


The paper focuses on different generations of women artists who worked in Vilnius during the period of 1919–1939, analyses their roles in the society of Interwar Vilnius, and discusses the relevance of their artworks today. Women artists studied in the Department of Fine Arts in Stephen Báthory University, took part in various social activities, were members of art societies, worked in schools, organised exhibitions, and discussed art in the press. Some of these artists left for Poland during (or after) WWII and continued their work there (Barbara Houwalt, Krystyna Wróblewska). Others remained in Vilnius and tried to survive there by adjusting to the political changes (Eugenia Sienkiewicz-Przyałgowska, Sofia Urbonavičiūtė-Subačiuvienė). Some women artists were killed during the war raids (Kazimiera Adamska-Rouba) or in Nazi concentration camps (Roza (Rachel) Suckever-Ushaev), while the fate of the rest of them remains unknown. Their art (paintings, prints and sculptures) are an important testimony to the modernisation of Interwar Vilnius and its culture.

Author Biography

Algė Andriulytė, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Vilnius, Lithuania

Algė Andriulytė is an art historian and curator. She is a senior researcher in the Institute of Art Research at the Vilnius Academy. Her main research areas are: the history and Lithuanian art and visual culture of the late 19th – early 20th centuries; modernisation processes; cultural studies of Vilnius and its history. She has published her research in various Lithuanian and international academic magazines, and in 2018 published a monograph Ferdynand Ruszczyc: Civis vilnensis sum. During the period of 2008–2018, Andriulytė was a publishing coordinator of Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis, a peer-reviewed magazine, and in 2017 became the member of its Editorial Board. In 2005 joined the Lithuanian Society of Art Historians, and during 2016–2019 worked as its Chairwoman.



How to Cite

Andriulytė, A. (2019). Women Artists of Interwar Vilnius: Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis. Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis, (98), 101–137. https://doi.org/10.37522/aaav.98.2020.26