Jacek Malczewski .........(9)
(Radom July 15, 1854 - October 8, 1929 Cracow)

Talking About Art Corpus Christi (feast) Portrait of Stanislaw Witkiewicz

"Talking About Art", 1886, oil on canvas, 48 x 39.5 cm, private collection
"Corpus Christi (feast)", 1905, oil on wood, 19 x 24.2 cm, National Museum, Cracow
"Portrait of Stanislaw Witkiewicz", c. 1897, oil on panel, 61 x 49 cm, National Museum, Cracow

Eloe with Ellenai Ellenai Edward Raczynski

"Eloe with Ellenai", 1908-09, oil on canvas, 218 x 129 cm, National Museum, Poznan
"Ellenai", 1910, National Museum, Cracow
"Edward Raczynski", 1903, oil on canvas, 75 x 100 cm, National Museum, Poznan

Don Quixote de la Mancha Towards Fame Christ and the Samaritan Woman

"Don Quixote de la Mancha", 1895-1900, oil on canvas, 75.5 x 119 cm, National Museum, Warsaw
"Towards Fame", 1903, private collection
"Christ and the Samaritan Woman", 1910, oil on cardboard, 73 x 93 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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