Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy) .........(2)
(Warsaw February 24, 1885 - September 18, 1939 Jeziory, Polesie)


God the Father ... Double Portrait of Maria and Wlodzimierz Nawrocki Portrait of leon Reynel

"God the Father ...", 6/IV 1931, pencil on paper, 21 x 33,3 cm, private collection
"Double Portrait of Maria and Wlodzimierz Nawrocki", 1926, pastel on paper, 90 x 100 cm, Museum of Central Pomerania, Slupsk
"Portrait of leon Reynel", 1928 27/V, pastel on paper, 64.8 x 48.5 cm, National Museum, Warsaw

Portrait of Michal Choromanski Double Portrait of Helena Lisinska and Jan Gadomski Portrait of Jadwiga Witkiewicz

"Portrait of Michal Choromanski", 1930 V, pastel on paper, 65 x 50 cm, Museum of Central Pomerania, Slupsk
"Double Portrait of Helena Lisinska and Jan Gadomski", 1939 VIII, pastel on paper, 65.7 x 96 cm, National Museum, Warsaw
"Portrait of Jadwiga Witkiewicz", 1925, pastel, 146 x 87 cm, Pomeranian Library, Szczecin

Marysia and Burek in Sri Lanka Portrait of Anna and Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz Portrait of Nena Stachurska

"Marysia and Burek in Sri Lanka", 1920-21, oil on canvas, 90 x 83 cm, National Museum, Cracow
"Portrait of Anna and Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz", 1922, oil on canvas, 75 x 96 cm, Museum of Anna and Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz, Stawisko
"Portrait of Nena Stachurska", 1933, pastel on paper, Tatra Museum, Zakopane

[..] 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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