Jacek Malczewski .........(13)
(Radom July 15, 1854 - October 8, 1929 Cracow)

Self-Portrait with Gorgons Portrait of Michalina Wierusz Kowalska-Grabowska Boy in a Window

"Self-Portrait with Gorgons", 1918 (?), oil on canvas, 98 x 126 cm, private collection
"Portrait of Michalina Wierusz Kowalska-Grabowska", 1910, oil on cardboard, 55 x 46 cm, private collection
"Boy in a Window", 1914, oil on cardboard, 46 x 38 cm, private collection

Park Alley in Charzewice Portrait of a Lady in a Hat Returning Home

"Park Alley in Charzewice", watercolour on paper, 20.5 x 28 cm, private collection
"Portrait of a Lady in a Hat", oil on cardboard, 46 x 32 cm, private collection
"Returning Home", 1914, oil on canvas, 56 x 127 cm, private collection

Wernyhora Portrait of Karolina and Adelajda Lanckoronska Portrait of Franciszek Siedlecki

"Wernyhora", oil on canvas, 42 x 29 cm, private collection
"Portrait of Karolina and Adelajda Lanckoronska", 2/11 1905, oil on panel, 45 x 55 cm, private collection
"Portrait of Franciszek Siedlecki", 1908, oil on cardboard, 60 x 73 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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