Steponas Varašius

Steponas Varašius painted in oils and watercolour. H e was born on 1 September 1894 in the town of Tytuvėnai, in the Kelmė district. I n 1914, he entered Kaunas Seminary. Between 1920 and 1924 he attended drawing classes in Kaunas, and studied at Kaunas School of Art under Adomas Varnas. H e studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris for four years, and between 1945 and 1947 at the Kaunas Conservatoire. He began to participate in exhibitions in 1926 at the Salon de Paris.He painted portraits and landscapes in oils and watercolour in a realistic and academic manner, copied classic works in the Louvre and the Borghese Gallery in Rome, and held an exhibition of his copies in Kaunas (1930). Although he mastered painting techniques and was an accomplished draughtsman, he failed to develop an artistic individuality. He died on 11 February 1982 in Kaunas.

Reference:  Art album The World of Landscapes (Volume II)  Compiled by N. Tumėnienė. Vilnius, LAWIN, 2013, P. 277.