Lot 73: STEFAN NORBLIN (1892-1952). WILNO. Circa 1930. 39x24 inches, 99x62 cm. K. Kozianskich, Warsaw.
27 October 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
STEFAN NORBLIN (1892-1952) WILNO. Circa 1930.
39 1/4x24 1/2 inches, 99 3/4x62 1/4 cm. K. Kozianskich, Warsaw.
Condition A: minor creases in margins and image.
Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, was a hotly contested metropolis among Europe's largest powers throughout the 20th century. World War I found her captured first by the Germans, followed by the Poles and then the Russians. In 1923, the League of Nations confirmed Vilnius as part of Poland. After the Second World War, she was retaken by the Germans and then the Russians and in 1944, restored to Lithuania. In a style which Norblin clearly found effective (see the previous lot) he depicts the ancient rooftops of the city in soft, complimentary twilight colors. In the background he depicts the recognizable spires of St. John's Church, St. Anne's Church and the Church of St. Francis and St. Bernard. Polish Poster 101, Biblioteki Glownej 179.