Jacek Malczewski .........(21)
(Radom July 15, 1854 - October 8, 1929 Cracow)


Study for Our Lady In Front of the Model Self-Portrait

"Study for Our Lady", c. 1900, oil on canvas, 133 x 95.5 cm, Lviv Art Gallery, Lviv, Ukraine
"In Front of the Model", c. 1900, oil on canvas, 74.5 x 97.5 cm, Lviv Art Gallery, Lviv, Ukraine
"Self-Portrait", 1925, oil on cardboard, 52 x 38.5 cm, private collection

Three Women Raking Study for The Dancing Lesson Portrait of Piotr Dobrzanski in the Garden

"Three Women Raking", 1900, oil on canvas, 60 x 100 cm, Lviv Art Gallery, Lviv, Ukraine
"Study for The Dancing Lesson", c. 1899-1900, oil on cardboard, 31 x 42 cm, Lviv Art Gallery, Lviv, Ukraine
"Portrait of Piotr Dobrzanski in the Garden", 1899, oil on canvas, 42 x 63 cm, Lviv Art Gallery, Lviv, Ukraine

Portrait of His Son Rafal in a Cycling Cap Self-Portrait Self-Portrait in White Attire

"Portrait of His Son Rafal in a Cycling Cap", oil on canvas, 47 x 68 cm
"Self-Portrait", watercolour, 18.6 x 14 cm
"Self-Portrait in White Attire", 1914, National Museum, Wroclaw

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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