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Influenced by the Orient
October 22, 2008   
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Warsaw's National Museum is hosting a new exhibition entitled Orientalism in Painting, Drawing and Graphic Arts in Poland in the 19th and the First Half of the 20th Centuries. The exhibition, which opened Oct. 17, shows orientalism as a type of academic art and a general trend prevailing in European arts of that period in countries such as France, Britain, Germany and Italy.

In Poland, orientalism enjoyed considerable interest due to the country's historical contacts and geographical links with the East, which inspired a special preference for oriental handicrafts.

Polish artists associated with orientalism in the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century included Tadeusz Ajdukiewicz, Stanisław Kaczor Batowski, Stanisław Chlebowski, Jan Ciągliński, Aleksander Laszenko, Alfred Wierusz Kowalski, Wacław Pawliszek, and Franciszek Tepa. But the trend was reflected in the work of most Polish 19th-century artists, including well-known names such as Józef Brandt, Juliusz Kossak, Jan Matejko, and Piotr Michałowski.

The exhibition has works by all major Polish painters involved with orientalism, altogether nearly 200 paintings and more than 100 drawings and prints from many Polish museums. A small selection of works by outstanding foreign artists-including Ivan Aivazowsky, Eugene Delac, Jean Leon Gerome, Horace Vernet, and Carl Werner-provides an international context.

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