Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy) .........(16)
(Warsaw February 24, 1885 - September 18, 1939 Jeziory, Polesie)


Portrait of Zofia Jagodowska Portrait of Albina Rondomanska Portrait of Helena Bialynicka-Birula

"Portrait of Zofia Jagodowska", 1931 3/X, pastel on paper, 50 x 66 cm, Museum of Central Pomerania, Slupsk
"Portrait of Albina Rondomanska", 1931 21/II, pastel on paper, 64 x 48 cm, Museum of Central Pomerania, Slupsk
"Portrait of Helena Bialynicka-Birula", 8/V 1931, pastel on paper, 65 x 50 cm, Museum of Central Pomerania, Slupsk

Kiss of a Mongolian Prince in Ice Desert Antares in Scorpius Portrait of an Officer

"Kiss of a Mongolian Prince in Ice Desert", 1915-18, gouache on paper, 40.7 x 85 cm, National Museum, Warsaw
"Antares in Scorpius", 1917, pastel on paper, 48.6 x 63.3 cm, Museum of Literature, Warsaw
"Portrait of an Officer", 1917, pastel, charcoal on paper, 61.5 x 47 cm, National Museum, Cracow

Short Romance ... Portrait of Wladyslaw Nelken Portrait of Zan Junior

"Short Romance ...", 1924, pencil on paper, 26.6 x 37.8 cm, Museum of Central Pomerania, Slupsk
"Portrait of Wladyslaw Nelken", 1931 3/10, pastel on paper, 62 x 47 cm, Museum of Central Pomerania, Slupsk
"Portrait of Zan Junior", 1931 30/I, pastel on paper, 64 x 47 cm, Museum of Central Pomerania, Slupsk

[..] the Formist group whose members adapted certain features of Futurism, Cubism and Expresionism. The Formist movement was rather short-lived (1917-1922) but it had two excellent protagonists. One was Leon Chwistek [..] The second was Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz - Witkacy, the most extraordinary individuality of artistic and intellectual life in inter-war Poland, painter, theoretician of art, writer, and dramatist. As the son of Stanislaw Witkiewicz, the creator of the vernacular "Zakopane style", he grew up in artistic household and the stimulating Young Poland atmosphere of Zakopane. In 1914, he left, together with the celebrated anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski, for an exotic trip to Ceylon and Australia, and then spent the October Revolution in Russia. Paintings originating from the period after his return to Poland in 1918 are airless, multi-strata compositions and perverse phantasmagoria, in which threatening monsters with animal shapes wrestle in incomprehensible strife. The forms are flat and angular, and the colour is composed of loud dissonances. In 1919, the artist proclaimed his theory of "Pure Form", the first Polish philosophically grounded theory of art. In the mid-1920s, Witkacy recognised "artistic work" to be barren, and established a one-person openly commercial Portrait Firm, which produced differently priced pastels "made to order" in accordance with the wishes of the client - "smooth" portraits as well as deformed, vibrating images executed under the impact of narcotics. [*]

Artist’s paintings in malarze.com

Click this link to read Witkacy's biography at Culture.pl

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

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