Saturday, March 22, 2014
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.
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.