After painstakingly piecing together the provenance of the Lamentation of Christ by the School of Lucas Cranach the Elder, officials said they are now certain that it was stolen from Poland in the wake of World War Two.
The exhibition also explores the artist’s life as a Jew in 20th-century Poland.
Zdzisław’s Beksiński’s paintings are known around the world owing to the unique style of the Polish artist. From April 25 people have been able 50 of his paintings thanks to an online gallery. The physical gallery is located in Nowohuckie Centrum Kulftury (NCK) in Kraków. The paintings were painted mainly in the 1980s, from what is known as the “fantastic period” of the artist’s life during which he created most famous works.
The man behind masterpieces such as the Racławice Panorama and The Crucifixion, Jan Styka, who studied under Poland’s ‘national painter’ Jan Matejko, was also a great orator, his patriotic speeches being printed in French in 1915 under the title ‘The Soul of Poland’.
If confirmed to be a Manet, the painting could be worth millions, and not the PLN 160,000 it sold for.
Nikifor Krynicki helped bring to the world the naïve painting style but spent much of his life in obscurity and poverty.
The “Portrait de Marjorie Ferry” showing a young woman draped in a satin sheet, her body, hair and painted fingernails contrasting with the cool grey tones of the sheet and background, will be offered during Christie's Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale.
The Polish community in Britain is drawing attention to the Polish artists of the era, resulting in the new album entitled “Anders’ Artists. Little Poland on the River Thames”.
At first glance it was a communist official’s dream: honest proletarian folk elevated by the virtues of the socialism to the wholesome realm of art. But in reality Grupa Janowska, a group of miners from the town of Janów near Katowice, was producing art that defied communist convention, and some of the group would go on to gain recognition both in Poland and abroad for their work.
Works by acclaimed Emerati painter Abdul Qader Al Rais can be viewed, as of June 30, at the Modern Art Department of the National Museum of Gdańsk (north Poland).