Jacek Malczewski .........(24)
(Radom July 15, 1854 - October 8, 1929 Cracow)


Self-Portrait in Armour Self-Portrait Portrait of Waclaw Karczewski

"Self-Portrait in Armour"
"Self-Portrait", National Museum, Cracow
"Portrait of Waclaw Karczewski", 1906, oil on cardboard, National Museum, Warsaw

By the Well Landscape with Tobias. Spring Polish Hamlet. Portrait of Aleksander Wielopolski

"By the Well", 1905, Regional Museum, Radom
"Landscape with Tobias. Spring", 1904, oil on canvas, 76 x 97 cm, National Museum, Poznan
"Polish Hamlet. Portrait of Aleksander Wielopolski", 1903, oil on canvas, 100 x 148 cm, National Museum, Warsaw

Portrait of Two Young Men History of the Song. Portrait of Adam Asnyk Thanatos

"Portrait of Two Young Men", 1899, oil on cardboard, 31.7 x 23.5 cm, Lviv Art Gallery, Lviv, Ukraine
"The History of the Song. Portrait of Adam Asnyk", 1899, National Museum, Warsaw
"Thanatos", c. 1898-99, oil on canvas, National Museum, Warsaw

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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