Measuring 60.7cm x 49cm and signed on the back by the artist, the oil on board ‘Portrait of Stanisław Witkiewicz’ by Jacek Malczewski was last seen in public in 1903 in Kraków.
Entitled ‘Postać’ (Figure), the 89x89cm oil on board went for 1.6 million PLN at the Warsaw auction. After the buyer’s premium was added by the auction house the value went to 1.92 million PLN.
Bought for a few złotys 28 years ago from a market near Lublin, when the current owner discovered the true value of the small oil on canvass he was so astonished he crashed his car into a ditch.
Opened in 1994 as the first gallery in Poland and Europe to exclusively display art made under the Communist regime, a permanent display features around 300 paintings, sculptures, propaganda posters and sketches while its total depository includes around 2,600 works.
Using the most recognizable works from the canon of Chełmoński, Gierymski and Kossak among others, Wojciech Januszczyk used 15 famous landscape paintings as the basis of his project before adding a plethora of billboards to these classics.
Covering 26-floors, spanning an area of 2,000 sq/m, and reaching 78-metres in height, the work in the heart of the city on the side of a residential complex commonly known as Manhattan, will feature Geralt of Rivia as its principal character.
The huge canvas which goes by the lengthy title ‘Vytautas swears revenge on the Teutonic Knights against the background of burning Kaunas’ has come to Poland on temporary loan to mark the 30th anniversary of the renewal of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Before the war, 'Under the Birches' by Finnish painter Albert Edelfelt had hung on the wall of an old aristocratic residence in the central village of Spała.
Wanessa Bąkowska, 12, had written a letter to the Queen and included one of her artworks entitled ‘Earth’. The Queen’s Lady-in-Waiting replied on her Majesty’s behalf saying the Queen was deeply ‘touched’.
Using 158,000 pieces of the coloured building bricks, 21 ‘LEGO Ambassadors’ from across Poland spent over 400 hours painstakingly recreating the masterpieces on a 1:1 scale which include Jan Matejko’s iconic Stańczyk.