Petronėlė Gerlikienė (1905-1979)

1. Picking Cherries. 1976. Oil on Cardboard.

1. Picking Cherries. 1976. Oil on Cardboard.

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2. A Red Tree. 1977. Embroidered Tapestry.

2. A Red Tree. 1977. Embroidered Tapestry.

Petronėlė Gerlikienė was a Lithuanian folk artist. Born Petronėlė Kromelyte, in Chicago, the artist married and spent much of her life working on a farm in Samogitia. Later in the artist’s life, she moved to Vilnius, where she became known as an artist.

3. Tree. Oil on Cardboard.

3. Tree. Oil on Cardboard.

Gerlikienė is best known for her large tapestries that often contained colorful images of trees. In addition to her embroidery Gerlikienė also made oil paintings with a similar subject matter.

4. Oil on Cardboard. Arsvia Auction.

4. Oil on Cardboard. Arsvia Auction.

Gerlikienė won several awards for her work, shortly before her death in 1979. Most of her tapestries and paintings were in fact made in the last ten years of her life.

5. Photo of the artist.

5. Photo of the artist.

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