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).
One of the leading lights of the art deco movement, it is hoped that Tamara de Lempicka’s Still Life With Tangerines will remain in Poland, although the buyer remains anonymous.
As an artist, Józef Mehoffer was one of the main representatives of the Young Poland (Młoda Polska) modernist period around the start of the 20th Century, leading up to the restoration of Polish independence in 1918. His work spanned painting, book illustration, furniture design and stained-glass windows.
“On one hand, my father was a passionate and dedicated artist with great self-discipline, with a vision which he needed to communicate to the world. On the other hand he was a very warm family person, who also cared about his friends. He was very generous to other artists, he wrote about them and tried to help their careers.” Considered one of Poland’s most psychedelic visual artists, on the 72nd anniversary of Jan Sawka’s birth TFN’s Jacek Borowski talks exclusively to the artist’s daughter Hanna Maria Sawka.
Living in India for five years, Stefan Norblin earned his way drawing portraits of local personalities. He was later taken on to paint the interiors of mansions and palaces before his talents were recognized by the Maharaja and he was commissioned to decorate the ruler’s palace with enormous murals.
Poland mourns the loss of Edward Dwurnik, one of the few artists to cross the Iron Curtain and win recognition in the West.
With his own unique and recognisable style Susid has carved himself a specific niche in the nation’s culture.
From the rise of Hitler to the collapse of the Berlin wall, Warsaw-born Topolski depicted nearly every single major event of the last century.
There’s more to John Ratajkowski than just his model daughter Emily