Saturday, March 22, 2014

Amazing Portraits & Landscapes by Polish Artist Rafal Malczewski 1892-1965


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Portrait Kazimiera Żuławska against the Tatra Mountains 1920

I got a call yesterday from a lady who was putting together a talk on paintings of women in the 1920s.  While searching for portraits of women in Europe in the 1920s, I came across several wonderful paintings of Polish women set in amazing landscapes. Each of the artist's landscapes was more breathtaking than the last. And when he portrayed the wind in the mountain by using a woman hanging laundry, I was hooked.


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Quarry 1927

Painter & author Rafal Malczewski was the son of Polish painter Jacek Malczewski. He studied philosophy, architecture, agronomy, & painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, in Vienna. Between WWI & WWII, Rafal Malczewski gained considerable fame as a painter with exhibitions in Poland & beyond (International Biennale in Venice in 1932 , Berlin , Helsinki , Los Angeles , Moscow , New York). In the years 1917-1939, he lived in Zakopane, Poland; but during the war he traveled to Hungary, France, Brazil, the United States, & finally settled in Montreal, where he lived from 1942 until his death. He painted his landscapes & portraits in both oil & watercolor.


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Portrait of Unrugów Witkiewicz, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz's wife 1923


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Wind in the Mountains c 1925


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Portrait of Sophia Stryjeńska c 1925-29


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) A Beam of Light 1926-27


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Portrait of Helena Roj-Rytardowej 1923


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Autumn 1926


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Portrait Kazimiera Żuławska background of the Alps 1924


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Brick House 1928


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Auto in Winter Landscape 1930


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Blue pinafores (Farm) 1925


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) The Tatra Rally 1930


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Mountain Landscape (Landscape with Poronin) 1928-30


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Mountain Landscape - Hutsulshchyna 1933


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) View from the Kopieniec Cyrhli Great 1927


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Spring in the Mountains 1937


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Landscape


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) The storm in the mountains of Brazil 1943


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Evening in Poronin 1924-26


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Mount Warsaw


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