Gauguin. Road to Paradise

For me it is extremely difficult to separate Gauguin the artist from Gauguin the man. When I was preparing material for a short entry on a blog about one of his works, I was struck by the variety of narrations in the stories about the paintings that Gauguin painted. When describing them, the authors often…

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The Umbrellas

We are looking at a group of elegantly dressed Parisians in a hurry to open their umbrellas. Their blue domes form a composition of chaotically tangled shapes, reflecting the impression of the rapidity of the weather change. Only the woman in the foreground, carrying a large hat basket, seems to be not interested in the…

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Paderewski

A storm of rusty curls sparkles with gold in the light coming in from the right side of the composition. We do not see its source, but we can guess a tall window unveiled in the upper part. The eyebrow arch, cheekbone, tip of the nose or the convexity of the chin are visibly shining….

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Eyes

“When I know your soul, I will paint your eyes” are Amedeo Modigliani’s most frequently quoted words, made famous by a biographical film with Andy Garcia. However, it is hard to believe, however, that they describe a consistent principle guiding the artist’s work. This becomes obvious when we look at the portrait of his beloved…

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Dance with an egg

In the National Museum in Warsaw there is an inconspicuous painting by Cornelis Saftleven entitled Dance with an Egg. At first sight it looks like a boring genre scene. It’s hard to understand what is the game that the characters are playing and what actually drives them. May is the month of spring and the…

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Sadness

I was a little hesitant before I decided to write this post. For some time now, the painting by Aleksander Gierymski’s The Peasant Coffin has been going through my head, but I was afraid of its title. Certainly there is too much of death in it as for a time marked by a virus and…

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Gauguin

Paul Gauguin has spent his entire life searching for a place where his dream of paradise on earth would come true. And like many before him, he believed that fleeing to the end of the world could offer him freedom from all worries. How painfully he was mistaken can be seen in „Nevermore” painting. A…

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Ploughing

Leon Wyczółkowski’s Ploughing in the Ukraine from the National Museum in Cracow is a symphony of pure, distinctive colours. The artist was under the charm of the vast space of the steppes, that were hypnotizing him. He spent about ten years in Ukraine, travelling between the estates of befriended Polish landowners and observing the work…

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Stanisławski

This small size nocturne (i.e. a scene taking place at night) was painted on a board the size of a notebook. Jan Stanisławski was known for his love of such “miniature” formats because they gave him the freedom to create directly in the open air. The “Fire in a village” was probably created during one…

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Napoleon & charm of propaganda

This giant canvas is by all means majestic. On over 38 square meters a scene from Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign in 1799 is shown. The General visits his subordinates in a temporary hospital in the Armenian monastery of St. Nicholas in Jaffa, where they were placed after being infected by the plague. A few years later,…

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