At least two hundred years ago in Lithuania, woodcut was being used as a reproduction method for religious imagery.
In the beginning of the twentieth-century, professional artists found woodcut as a modern graphic technique. Lithuanian artists tended towards expressionism, cubism and an early abstract movement.
And then during the Soviet era, woodcut imagery turned industrial in character. The regime demanded that the artists depict workers and political heroes preferably in the socialist realistic style. Some traditional Lithuanian artists compromised and created political-propaganda woodcuts in the primitive or expressionism style, retaining some cultural reference back to their own past.
Meanwhile, in Australia, a legacy of the Lithuanian tradition depicted simple pleasures and ideal, in the expressionist way.