Władysław Podkowiński
A Field of Lupin, 1891
Gift of Feliks Jasieński, 1920

material: oil on canvas

dimensions: 50,5 × 61,5 cm

description: In the realm of Polish art, Władysław Podkowiński and Józef Pankiewicz were the precursors of painting inspired by the principles of French Impressionism, which they encountered and quickly adopted during their stay in Paris in 1889. The latter drew on his Parisian experiences mainly during his holidays in Mokra Wieś near Radzymin, on the estate of painter Julian Maszyński,as well as in nearby Chrzęsne – an estate which belonged to the family of painter Miłosz Kotarbiński. Enthralled with the local landscape, the artist went outdoors to portray random, insignificant elements of nature. Podkowiński saw its changeability depending on light; he was fascinated by the play of colour, the movement of shadow as well as reflections in water and the air vibrating with heat. A Field of Lupin, dating back to that period, shows a picturesque field of colourful flowers, so common in the Polish summer landscape. The painting is characterized by a striking composition based on horizontal divisions, built by colourful strips of subsequent parts of the view. A palette of light shades, reflecting the atmosphere of this summer day and harmonizing with the light, plays an essential part in this work. 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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