The watercolour painting ‘Montmartre Cemetery in Paris’ by Julian Fałat from 1893, one of over 63,000 WWII artworks listed as missing, was found hiding in plain sight in the collection of the gallery’s sister institution, the National Museum in Warsaw.
GALLERY: With autumn fast-approaching, TFN takes a look at some classic Polish paintings which capture the full majesty of the ‘golden season’.
The museum houses a huge collection of art and historical items, and has played home for Polish exiles.
The works of art which went missing from the Municipal Museum in Bydgoszcz during and shortly after World War II included paintings and graphic works from Leon Wyczółkowski, one of the leading representatives of realistic painting of the Young Poland period.
The medieval triptych, the ‘Last Judgement’, is one of the most outstanding and best-preserved examples of Dutch painting in the world. But while the painting exudes action and drama, the story of how it came to be in Gdańsk is no less exciting.