Józef Brandt (1841–1915)
Fight for a Turkish Standard, c. 1905
Gift of Zofia Dunajecka, 1995

material: oil on canvas

dimensions: 76 × 130 cm

description: Józef Brandt is considered as one of the most brilliant painters of battle scenes. The artist, just as Polish writer Henryk Sienkiewicz in his novels, looked to Polish 17th century history for inspiration, painting battles between Poles and Tartars or Cossacks, drawing on his knowledge of the Orient and relying on his impressive collection of oriental props. His intention was to “make hearts stronger” in a nation that has lost its independence. The painting on display here does not depict any specific historic event. It is a dynamic and exotic presentation of Brandt’s painting mastery, deftly and extremely accurately reproducing the details of clothing, weapons and horse trappings, especially those of the Turkish army.
Urszula Kozakowska-Zaucha

exposition: The Gallery of 19th Century Polish Art in Sukiennice,
The Cloth Hall, 1, Main Market Square

key: Realism, polish impressionism, beginnings of symbolism >>>

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