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The creative development of the sculptor Juozas Ruzgas (born in 1934) could be described as constant and inexhaustible attempt to disclose ideal beauty believing that beauty embodies truth- the external and internal essence of existence.  Such romantic and, at the same time, solemn approach only proves the sculptor's attempts to view the world as the unity of physical and spiritual first, where the esthetic feeling induced by the forms of the ideal body is prevailing.  The author is fascinated by the myth of "the everlasting youth". Therefore, the author considers the “throwback to the beginning" as return to the woman’s body savouring of the perpetual felicity, which symbolizes never-ending life. In this way, the ephemeral nature and fragility of the expressions gain the artistic meaning materialized by the fixed and stylized form, which becomes a dynamic visual sign. Due to the anthropomorphic nature of his works, the plastic subtleties make his works lyrically intimate.

The sculptures, hand-forged copper profiles and medals made by Juozas Ruzgas can be distinguished for their integrity, though the author is trimming between the romantic realism and the stylized decorative manner and implements such ideas by various means of artistic expression. The beautiful female sculptures reveal the author’s humanism and his poetic nature. The empiric particularity of the sculptures is in tone with the generalized plastics typical for emblems. In this way, the author adds the elements of universality to his works: a naked body upholds its erotic attraction and, along with this, transfers itself into a symbolic image reflecting the archetypical idea of beauty. Vulgarity or eagerness to enjoy the perversity and shock the viewers, so typical for most of the modern artists, is foreign to the sculptor. Juozas Ruzgas behaviour is in contrast to that- his works are attractive for the ideal forms radiating warmth and sensitive lyrical tone, which has positive therapeutic impact on the viewer.

The Washerwoman is among the famous and most attractive works created by the sculptor. The sculpture found its place in the middle of the pool side by side with the squirting fountains accenting the dynamic élan of the sculpture. Despite of its realistic nature and hints to kitchen-sink style, the sculpture may be attributed to the sphere of the “mythic imagination": it takes the viewer to the wonderful world of dreams, to the unreal "golden age". This and other similar works such as the Rainbow, Gunda, Neringa, Dreaming girl evidence of the author’s love towards the yin (both in purely human and in cosmic meaning), which serves as his source of inspiration.

Yet, being attentive to the mythology, the sculptor is able to employ the archaic elements and create a very monumental and impressive figure of Perkunas (Thunder), which realizes the peculiarities of national thought. This magnificent and expressive sculpture is a kind of the synthesis of primitivism and futurism. The antique God gains some dynamics so typical to modernism, however, its spirit appeals to traditional mythology. The hand forged copper profile “Warmth” as well as some other works of the author has features of decorative futurism. They can also be explained as allegories: the figures generally impart one or another abstract idea. Similarly, the artistic composition Junction of the rivers Nemunas and Neris is a sort of allegoric emblem. The rivers are represented by the preciously bent figures, which form a ring resembling water whirl.

Juozas Ruzgas is a diverse and talented personality, whose works attempt to consolidate the esthetical link of beauty and good.  It seems that the author is always under the care of the angel - resembling Muse, whose image may be compared to the nature-identical Goddess icon, which becomes an omen of fertile potencies of existence.

Take a look at gallery of Juozas Ruzgas exhibition "Beautywards". The movie-outline "Autografija" shows all the main sculptor's works, historical pictures of them and movies.


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