The end of the 20th century in painting is characterized by the formation of symbolism and neo-romanticism. In this period, the flowering of creativity of the Lithuanian artist Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis begins. Pictures of the artist admire their mystery and persuasiveness. But the special quality is the original art form. The works in nature resemble the European flow of symbolism. The difference between Čiurlionis and other aesthetes is that the painter sought to create new plastic forms and patterns.
The masterpiece “Signs of the Zodiac” is a landmark challenge to the period of neo-romanticism. The date of creation of the cycle of works is the summer of 1906. The Zodiac Signs series expresses the harmony and majesty of the universe. The artist begins to worry allegorical thoughts, characterized by perpetual motion. The cycle of paintings begins with the sign Aquarius, the creator relies on the calendar of the ancient world. A common property for all signs of the zodiac is their image on the canvas. The harmony of the composition has a special impression on the viewer.
The artist assigns to his work separate groups of winter, spring, autumn and summer. For each sign, there is a characteristic feature. Čiurlionis is not shy to note the usefulness of his paintings, as I am sure the viewer is deeply immersed in the higher worlds, looking at the works of the artist. “Signs of the zodiac” – a collection of cosmic images that give the impression of lightness and thoughtfulness.
Criticism is very loyal to the work of the artist Čiurlionis, despite his deviation from reality. He is awarded a place between abstractionism and symbolism, where the painter highlights the space system. Art lovers understand that the work of Čiurlionis must be viewed with understanding, without searching for extra elements of reality. The language transition in the paintings of the artist is always clear and full of world harmony.