Stanislaw Witkiewicz
(Poszawsz May 8, 1851 - September 5, 1915 Lovrano)


Wounded Insurgent Winter Landscape Springtime Fog

"Wounded Insurgent", 1881, oil on canvas, 59.5 x 122.5 cm, National Museum, Warsaw
"Winter Landscape", after 1890, oil on canvas, 112 x 72.5 cm, National Museum, Warsaw
"Springtime Fog", 1893, oil on canvas, 60.5 x 76 cm, National Museum, Cracow

Ploughing Jesieniowiska Mountain Wind

"Ploughing", 1875, oil on canvas, 101 x 174.5 cm, Museum of Art, Lodz
"Jesieniowiska", National Museum, Cracow
"Mountain Wind", 1895, oil on canvas, National Museum, Cracow

[...] a programme of realistic-naturalistic art, whose passionate spokesman was Stanislaw Witkiewicz, painter, excellent critic, and author of an intentionally exaggerated but succinct and long repeated formula that it is quite insignificant if a canvas shows a country wench picking turnips or Zamojski at Byczyna, since prime importance is ascribed not to "what" but to "how". "The recognition of the artistic element as the most significant component of art", whose intention was to show true reality, unadorned and devoid of costume, not only opposed the Matejko version of historicism. It gradually led to the emancipation of art from national and ideological duties, and the comprehension of the whole realm as completely independent and autonomous. [*]

Artist’s paintings in malarze.com

Artist biography at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanisław_Witkiewicz


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