Jacek Malczewski .........(22)
(Radom July 15, 1854 - October 8, 1929 Cracow)


Self-Portrait with a Palette Self-Portrait with an Easter Egg Self-Portrait

"Self-Portrait with a Palette", 1895, oil on canvas, 144 x 109 cm, National Museum, Warsaw
"Self-Portrait with an Easter Egg"
"Self-Portrait", 1906, oil on canvas, 40.5 x 32.5 cm, Lviv Art Gallery, Lviv, Ukraine

Portrait of Wojciech Kossak with Bellona Portrait of Leon Pininski Self-Portrait with Muse Holding Sceptre and Orb

"Portrait of Wojciech Kossak with Bellona", 1903, oil on canvas, 100 x 126,2 cm
"Portrait of Leon Pininski", 1904, oil on cardboard, 40,5 x 32,4 cm, Lviv Art Gallery, Lviv, Ukraine
"Self-Portrait with Muse Holding Sceptre and Orb", 1904, oil on panel, 45.5 x 57.7 cm, Lviv Art Gallery, Lviv, Ukraine

Pietà Alley in Autumn Little Gardener - Portrait of Rudolf Dobrzanski, son of Piotr

"Pietà", c. 1903, oil on canvas, 72 x 92 cm, Lviv Art Gallery, Lviv, Ukraine
"The Alley in Autumn", c. 1903, oil on cardboard, 32.5 x 24.5 cm, Lviv Art Gallery, Lviv, Ukraine
"The Little Gardener - Portrait of Rudolf Dobrzanski, son of Piotr", 1896, oil on canvas, 63.3 x 42.3 cm, Lviv Art Gallery, Lviv, Ukraine

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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