Aleksander Gierymski (1850–1901)
View from the Artist’s Studio in Via Flaminia in Rome, 1899–1900
Permanent loan

material: oil on canvas

dimensions: 29 × 66 cm

description: Aleksander Gierymski spent his last years in Rome. He resided in Via Flaminia in suburban Villa Giulia, called Casa dei Desperati (House of the Desperate). At that time, the artist mainly painted landscapes. One of them shows a view from his studio over the landscape stretching along the ancient route. The horizontally elongated format accentuates the panoramic effect of the synthetic composition, which was subjected to the discipline of the rhythmic balance of verticals and horizontals. The irregular network of green and beige vineyard plots turns into a gentle hill farther in the background. Its slopes are overgrown with dwarf trees and bushes, and there are cypresses and stone pines on the top. The air is suffused with a fine mist. The treatment of nature was subordinated to the artist’s passion of its objective, meticulous reconstruction, while the sensuous sensitivity to the beauty of nature is accompanied by the intellectual need to explore the purely formal issues. Beiges, greens, blue, violet and white, dominant in the composition, are – especially in the area of the ground – applied thickly, with tiny, precise brushstrokes, reminiscent of the pointillist technique. 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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