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In art, dates do matter.

Browsing through a remarkable collection of portraits, I came across one that shocked me with its modernity, considering that it was dated 1807.

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I was not familiar with the work of Polish artist Jazek Malczewski, but I wanted to know more about this guy. He seems to paint like a Brit pop artist in the 1960s. How come we don’t hear more about an artist so much ahead of his time?

Well, of course, it turns out that the 1807 date is very wrong. Malczewski wasn’t even born until 1854 and he lived until 1929. So he was well aware of modern trends in painting, and very capable of using such influences in his own vigorous way. His contrived Symbolist efforts detract from his obvious talent, but still… hell of a striking self portrait, isn’t it?

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1 joni { 02.03.12 at 1:10 pm }

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NBEDfLKGLg

Good ol’ youtube had this…

his portrait is at 00:50

All his paintings have a warmth combined with a stark reality

and depth.

Very talented.

Thank you for posting.

2 Bill { 02.03.12 at 5:22 pm }

Good find, Joni. Thanks!

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