Top 10 Historical Artists to Visit Lithuania

Stendhal - in 1812 as recruit of Napolen Bonaparte army arrived to Vilnius. Stendhal was working as intendant and during his visit in Vilnius stayed in the house where is now French Embassy and cultural center. Stendhal is famous for his novel "The Red and the Black" (1830) and is considered to be one of the earliest and foremost representatives of realism in literature.


Richard Wagner - in 1836 August came to perform in Klaipėda (Memel) together with his troupe from Konigsberg - another town in Prussia, Lithuania Minor land. This was just one of his visits and stayings in Klaipėda, but as it was written in his memoirs, it is best known till now. He was very welcomed and beloved in this town each time. Wagner is one of the worlds best known composers till nowadays


Honore de Balzac - in 1843 October 10 he stopped for a night in Tauragė, Lithuania. He was travelling back to Paris from Saint Petersburg where he tried to marry one local rich widow, but unssuccsefully. In Tauragė he wrote one letter to his beloved and continued trip. Balzacs is best known for his collection of nearly 100 novels under the name "La Comedie humaine", he is admired as one of the founders of the realism in literature.


Fyodor Dostoyevsky - in 1867 April 15-16 was staying in Vilnius. Together with wife they made a trip aroud the city and returned to hotel. In later years, during his trips to West Europe he stayed in Vilnius for several hours. Dostoyevski wrote lot's of well known masterpieces, such as "Crime and Punishment", "The Brothers Karamazov", "Notes from Underground" and many others. Dostoyevski is reckoned as one of the greatests writers of all time.


Jacha Heifetz - was born in Lithuania in 1901. He was teached to play piano from the age of 3 and his debut concert was in Kaunas, when  he was only 7 years old. In 1910 he started studies in Saint Petersburg Conservatory, and later traveled lot's of countries making spectacular performances with his violin. He spent biggest part of his life in the USA. Jacha Heifetz is admited as greatest violinist of the 20th century.


Czeslaw Milosz - was born in 1911, in Šeteiniai, village in Lithuania. Although he was a polish nationality, in his works he always admitted Lithuanian part, was against any nationalism, and due to that by many polish nationalists is ascribed as Lithuanian poet. Till 1937 he spent most of his years in Vilnius, where he studied, wrote his works. He always was a patriot of Vilnius and was defending freedom of Lithuania. He was awarded Nobel Prize in literature in 1980. Czeslaw Milosz is admited as one of the greates world poets in 20th century. 


Thomas Mann - was living in Lithuanian resort Nida in Curonian Spit during 1930 - 1932 summers. Great writter was astonished by the beauty of the nature from his first visit here and decided to build a cottage. Here he was writing his novel "Joseph and his brothers". Mann thought it was his best work written. In 1929 Thomas Mann became Nobel Prize laureate in literature. After Nazis came to power in 1933 he had to emigrate from Germany, due to his denunciations of their ideas before.


Igor Stravinsky - in 1934 visited Lithuania, where in Kaunas State Theatre his works were played. Igor Stravinsky thought his ancestors were polish - lithuanians, and the surename Stravinsky or very similar existed in Lithuania from 16th century till nowadays. Stravinsky is one of the most admired composers of 20th century and by "Time" magazine is named as one of the 100 most influential people of the century.


Jean-Paul Sartre - in 1965 famous philosopher visited Lithuania. His visit was of great importance and resonance. Sartre was especcially impressed by views of nature in Nida. Here his famous photo was made by lithuanian photographer A. Sutkus where Sartre goes against the wind in the dunes. It became the symbol of philosopher. Inspired by this photo sculpture of Sartre was made and now stands in France National Library. In 1964 Sartre refused Nobel Prize in Literature.


Joseph Brodsky - made seperate visist to Lithuania during 1966 - 1970. He was a russian poet, but his ancestors where from Lithuania. Some of his work are with Lithuanian mark such as cycle of poems "Lithuanian divertissement". Brodsky became famous after Soviet trial when first time in history poet was accused of parasitism. Later he was expelled from soviet union and spent his life in USA. Joseph Brodsky received Nobel Prize in Literature in 1987.