Jacek Malczewski .........(12)
(Radom July 15, 1854 - October 8, 1929 Cracow)


Death Portrait of Witold Hausner One Song

"The Death", 1902, oil on canvas, 98 x 75 cm, National Museum, Warsaw
"Portrait of Witold Hausner", 1911, oil on panel, 66 x 53.5 cm, private collection
"One Song", 1903, oil on canvas, 40.3 x 50.5 cm, private collection

Symbolic Scene Self-Portrait Introduction

"Symbolic Scene", 1912, oil on cardboard, 65 x 81 cm, private collection
"Self-Portrait", 1924 22/12, oil on cardboard, 63.5 x 46.5 cm, private collection
"Introduction", 1914, oil on canvas, 190 x 280 cm, private collection

In the Artist's Studio Model in a Studio Self-Portrait with Thanatos

"In the Artist's Studio", 1903, oil on cardboard, 32.5 x 36.5 cm, private collection
"Model in a Studio", oil on cardboard, 103.5 x 71 cm, private collection
"Self-Portrait with Thanatos", 1919, oil on panel, 76 x 100 cm, private collection

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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