Władysław Podkowiński
In the Garden, 1894
Gift of Feliks Jasieński, 1920

material: oil on canvas

dimensions: 22 × 29 cm

description: This little landscape study entitled In the Garden represents the modernity and novelty of the painter’s approach to nature, combining his Parisian experiences with a specific expressionism of form. The work shows a part of a park alley slightly enlivened by a sketchy figure of a woman. The lesson of Impressionism is visible in the treatment of colours, their dependence on sunlight and its reflection and, above all, in the seemingly random choice of a scene: the artist has attempted to capture the fleeting moment without paying attention to the composition layout. The dynamism and expressiveness of the application of paints as well as the sketchiness of depiction give some parts of the painting an almost abstract quality. It is also emphasized by the textural diversity of the surface of the painting, in which strong, bold impastos contrast with almost smooth parts of the visible base. As a result, the composition has acquired expressionist features, known from later works of Jan Stanisławski or Konrad Krzyżanowski – the masters of the Young Poland landscape. 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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