Great Polish Artists

JACEK MALCZEWSKI

JACEK MALCZEWSKI

Great talents like Jacek Malczewski had travelled many places such as Greece, Italy, Asia Minor, Paris and Germany. Finally he returned to Poland-Krakow and his is in particular good at folk life scenes and portraits. The January Uprising and the martyrdom of its participants moved him too. His style became mysterious with lots of angels and unreal creatures. He shifted to portraits of people in costumes that are exotic. The highlight is also of the Polish landscape. Jan Matejko is a painter of the 19th century. He passed away in 1893 but his works were well-known particularly in Krakow where he spent all his life. Mostly historical portraits, Jan Matejko is a great patriot and he made a lot of historical masterpieces which has a great influence on the Krakow population. One of these is the painting ‘Stanczyk’. His student also another writer and painter also became an outstanding Polish painter.

Stanislaw Wyspianski and Jozerf Chelmonski

Studied at the Academie Colarossi in Paris, Stanislaw Wyspianski was great at portraits. Besides he was also designing cathedral interior, furniture, stained glass, theatrical decorations. He also design costumes and did landscape paintings. In 1849, Chelmonski started only with private drawing lessons with Wojciech Gerson. After that he was in Germany, searching most of the time for inspiration. Amongst which impressed him was the European landscape. Other than this, he enjoys painting about hunting scene, nature’s colours on canvas. He was also very inspired by the country people’s life. In addition, you will find many of his horses’ painting very expressive due to its movements.

STANISŁAW IGNACY WITKIEWICZ

Witkiewicz, Stanislaw Ignacy

Witkiewicz, Stanislaw Ignacy

Up next is a Warsaw painter but studied at Krakow Academy of Fine Arts. He travelled many parts of Europe like France, Italy and Germany too, then he went to Australia for an expedition. In WWI, he became an officer in the Russian army which partly made his painting having that historical period of Young Poland. Called it expressionism, with windly line, bright and surrealistic style, you can see people, nature and animals being featured. Other than being a writer, he was a photographer, painting caricatures and a philosopher.

Son of Juliusz Kossak

The son of Juliusz Kossak is Wojciech. He was rather born in Paris, then after being in Krakow, he was in Paris, Berlin and Munich. Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany was whom he worked for. Some places he traveled to were Egypt, Spain, Vienna and London.

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