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Manifesto of Color and Modernism
October 22, 2008 By M.H.    
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An exhibition at the Regional Museum in Stalowa Wola entitled Kapists: A Manifesto of Color and Modernism is part of a series devoted to the artistic endeavors of Polish artists of the inter-war period. Kapism, also know as colorism, is a movement that made a lasting impact on Polish painting, not only before World War II, but after it as well.

In 1924 a group of students from the Fine Arts Academy in Cracow left together for Paris. Partly in jest, they named their group the Paris Committee (Komitet Paryski in Polish or KP, the initials from which the name Kapists derives) in order to raise money for their travels. More than a dozen artists were able to perfect their skills in France and bring back a love for Paul Cezanne and the impressionists as well as respect for the great tradition of Western European painting in general. Their stay also created lasting bonds of friendship, despite their varied temperaments, which were cemented by the trials and tribulations they encountered in Paris.

The exhibition presents more than 40 paintings by the main founders of the movement, those who gave it its meaning and direction, concepts and artistic solutions. The paintings are mostly from the movement's first period, when its members were discovering new trends and crystallizing their creed, as well as work from their time in Poland before 1939. This is exemplified by the coloristic solutions of Jan Cybis, the warm light in Hanna Rudzka-Cybis's works or the expressiveness of Zygmunt Waliszewski. On the other hand, Piotr Potworowski was renowned for his decorative style.

Other members of the group, who were also termed the "Polish post-impressionists," were: Dorota Berlinerbrau-Seydenmann, Seweryn Boraczok, Józef Jarema, Janusz Strzałecki, Janina Przecławska-Strzałecka, Stanisław Szczepański, Marian Szczyrbuła and Józef Czapski who alongside Jan Cybis was the main theoretician of the group.

Regional Museum in Stalowa Wola, 1 Sandomierska St., through Nov. 30
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