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The Warsaw Voice » Culture » March 12, 2008
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Mountain Landscapes and Folklore
March 12, 2008 By M.H.    
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Bielsko-Biała in southwestern Poland is holding an exhibition to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of landscape and portrait painter Kazimierz Kopczyński, who died in 1992. Kopczyński was one of the founders of the Beskid Group of painters, who were particularly interested in the folklore and landscapes of the Beskidy mountain range in southern Poland.

Kopczyński is one of the most important painters to come from Bielsko-Biała and the region. He mainly painted landscapes, nature, interiors and portraits. He was a colorist and realistically depicted the beautiful scenery of the Beskidy mountains, listed buildings and townscapes. He said of his work, "Painting for me has an intimate character. I have never tried to impress anyone or convince people about my vision of the world and events. I did not try to impose my view of things, beliefs or likes or seek acknowledgment for my work."

Kopczyński spent over half of his life in Bielsko-Biała. He trained as a teacher but his life's passion was painting. Even as a student teacher in Cracow he was learning to paint in the studio of local landscape painter Henryk Policht. From 1939 for six years he honed his painting and drawing skills in German prison camps under the tutelage of fellow prisoner and colorist Maksymilian Feuerring.

Kopczyński left behind a wealth of work, which is housed in museums, culture institutes and private collections in Poland and abroad.

The exhibition runs until April 13 at Galeria Bielska BWA, 11, 3-ego maja St., Bielsko-Biała.
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