Stanisław Witkiewicz
Strong Wind in the Mountains, 1895
Gift of Jerzy Lilpop, 1945

material: oil on canvas

dimensions: 93 × 142 cm

description: Most of the artist’s mature Tatra landscapes from the 1890s are marked by the homogeneity of style and the selection of motifs. They show the beauty and variety of forms of the Tatra nature. Strong Wind in the Mountains is one of the most excellent examples. The composition of this austere winter nocturne consists of three horizontal parts. The foreground is occupied by a snow-covered mountain pasture; there is a mountain range above it; and finally, the blue-black sky is covered by a layer of clouds. In the middle of the pasture one can see spruce trees, which are being lashed by the wind. The pale light of the moon creates dramatic contrasts enhancing the illusion of movement – gusts of the strong mountain wind. Rendered in a narrow, cool palette, the work serves as an example of the vivid imitation of photography. The realistic depiction combined with giving symbolic significance to mountains makes Strong Wind in the Mountains one of the most unique and unusual landscapes in Polish painting. Aleksandra Krypczyk

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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