Jacek Malczewski .........(10)
(Radom July 15, 1854 - October 8, 1929 Cracow)


Chimera Self-Portrait Self-Portrait with a Hyacinth

"Chimera", 1913, oil on canvas, 120 x 120 cm, National Museum, Poznan
"Self-Portrait", 1907, oil on cardboard, 40.5 x 32.5 cm, National Museum, Poznan
"Self-Portrait with a Hyacinth", 1902, oil on canvas, 79 x 60 cm, National Museum, Poznan

Self-Portrait in Armour Portrait of Adam Asnyk with Muse Tobias and the Angels

"Self-Portrait in Armour", 1914, oil on cardboard, 54 x 65 cm, National Museum, Warsaw
"Portrait of Adam Asnyk with Muse", 1895-97, oil on canvas, 154 x 177 cm, National Museum, Poznan
"Tobias and the Angels", 1908, oil on panel, 197 x 244 cm, Silesian Museum, Katowice

Angel and Little Shepherd Angel, I will Follow You Thanatos II

"Angel and Little Shepherd", 1903, oil on panel, 40 x 31.5 cm, National Museum, Wroclaw
"Angel, I will Follow You", 1901, oil on panel, 34.5 x 28 cm, National Museum, Warsaw
"Thanatos II", 1899, oil on canvas, 124 x 73 cm, Museum of Art, Lodz

Jacek Malczewski made his only statement in painting; his immensely rich oeuvre remains ever intriguing and artistically uneven. The first stage was the so-called Siberian cycle, illustrating the torment of Polish deportees, portrayed naturalistically or filtered through the mystical poetry of Slowacki. During the Young Poland period, Malczewski created his own unique symbolic vocabulary in which corporeal and robust figures of chimeras, fauns, angels, and water sprites appear both in allegorical portraits, innumerable costume-clad self-portraits, landscapes, genre and religious scenes and, finally, in compositions which do not correspond to any thematic conventions. The art of Malczewski is dominated distinctly by two motifs, recurring and assorted painterly embodiments: the vocation of art and the artist, and death, under the antique form of Thanatos. The Malczewski oeuvre is the most vivid example of an intermingling of folk motifs and an anti-classical, Dionysian vision of antiquity, typical for Polish modernism; the artist achieved a peculiar polonisation of ancient mythology, not only by placing chimeras and fauns in a Polish landscape but also within an historical-national context, which ultimately proved to be regarded as the most important by this pupil of Matejko. [*]

Artist’s paintings in: malarze.com

Artist biography at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacek_Malczewski

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