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Judging by the breath of his artistic activities and diverse interests, Čiurlionis can be seen as a truly Renaissance individual. Over a short, mere decade-long career, he composed nearly 400 musical compositions, including 2 large-scale symphonic poems, an overture, 2 piano sonatas, a string quartet, and a cantata for chorus and orchestra. During those same brief years he also created approximately 400 paintings and etchings, as well as several literary works and poems, while still finding time to experiment with art photography.
....Finally, his latest mature paintings, based on intricate musical compositional techniques, and piano compositions in which tonal writing is blended with proto-serial techniques and constructive use of short rhythmic, melodic and harmonic complexes, stand as examples of totally unprecedented plastic-aural experiences unique in the history of European art. More at http://ciurlionis.eu/en/
Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (Polish: Mikołaj Konstanty Czurlanis; 22 Sept. [O.S. 10 Sept.] 1875 –10 April [O.S. 28 March] 1911) was a Lithuanian painter, composer and writer.
....Čiurlionis was a musical prodigy: he could play by ear at age 3 and could sight-read music freely by age 7.
He returned to Warsaw in 1902 and studied drawing at the Warsaw School of Fine Arts from 1904 to 1906 and.... On Christmas Eve Čiurlionis fell into a profound depression and at the beginning of 1910 was hospitalized in a psychiatric hospital "Czerwony Dwór" (Red Manor) in Marki, Poland (now incorporated into Pustelnik), northeast of Warsaw. While a patient there he died of pneumonia in 1911 at 35 years of age... He never saw his daughter Danutė (1910–1995).
....Čiurlionis felt that he was a synesthete; that is, he perceived colors and music simultaneously. Many of his paintings bear the names of musical pieces: sonatas, fugues, and preludes.