Artist Vida Norkutė (1949–2021)
Vida Norkutė was born in 1949 in Kaunas. She studied graphics and watercolors at Kaunas Art School. Her teachers were two famous Lithuanian watercolor masters Česlovas Kontrimas and Algirdas Lukštas. In 1973, she graduated from the State Art Institute of Lithuania in Vilnius. During her studies, she was active in the field of graphics, watercolors, bookplates, and book illustrations. After graduating, Norkutė collaborated as an illustrator with the publishing houses Vaga, Vyturys, Mokslas, as well as with the journal Genys. Also, she revealed herself as a skillful teacher. Since 1972, she systematically participated in national and, since 1976, in Baltic watercolor exhibitions. In 1980, Norkutė joined the Union of Lithuanian Artists. In 1997, she joined the newly established Vilnius artists' group „A" and took part in all its exhibitions. She periodically organized personal exhibitions and participated in various international watercolor biennials and exhibitions becoming their laureate. In her works, the organic synthesis of Lithuanian watercolor traditions, Čiurlionis and Japanese landscape, and “flower and bird” traditions are seen. Abroad, Norkutė is known mainly as a watercolorist of rare talent. Her works can be seen in art collections of Latvia, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, France, Austria, Germany, Canada, the USA.
Key Words: Vida Norkutė, watercolor