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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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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Power of life

The winter of 1917 was not one of the easiest, the effects of the Great War that had been going on for several years could be felt in all aspects of life. There was no reason to be happy. It was at that time that Amedeo Modigliani created a series of feminine nudes that were…

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Mystery of the Virgin

The image of Virgin and Child created by Jean Fouquet is rather unusual one. The first thing that catches the eye is the exposed, snow-white Madonna’s breast, so perfectly round that it is almost unreal. In contrast to other images of this type – Madonna lactans, that means the nursing one – Child seems to…

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Strange garden

Whatever you would like to write about Józef Mehoffer’s “Strange Garden”, everything ends with a question about a huge dragonfly filling the upper part of the composition. It is disturbing not only because of the large size, but also the reason why it was painted. What is it actually? Let’s start from the beginning. The…

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The triumph of death

Looking at the “The Triumph of Death” by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, I wonder what exactly is this picture about.  The triumph of death as a subject functioned in art from the fourteenth century and was most often presented in the form of a triumphal procession, in which death proved its invincible power. In its…

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