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Chords of Light and Color
December 3, 2008 By Dariusz Pietrzak   
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A new exhibition at the Zamek Cultural Center in Poznań showcases paintings by Wojciech Weiss (1875-1950), a Polish painter of the Young Poland movement, and his wife Irena Weiss (1888-1981), who was also known as Aneri. The two artists were linked by a passion for painting and a love of art in general.

"I want my paintings to be emotional impressions, such as those I experience in the face of nature and her greatest works, " said Wojciech Weiss in a press interview in 1934.

Weiss was not concerned with the photorealistic depiction of what he saw. His paintings were "a visual experience... the graphic closure of coloristic feelings." When painting nature the artist would create a "synthesis," often foregoing details as he was more interested in the harmony of colors and the essence of matter. His wife Irena had a similar style.

The Poznań exhibition features landscapes, still life scenes and nudes. Irena Weiss used various styles. She painted some of her landscapes in Paul Cezanne's manner. This stylistic variety characterizes her husband's work as well. The exhibition also features pencil drawings and studies by the couple. It also shows their work tools: palettes, brushes, easels.

The collected works show the couple's artistic evolution. Despite the varied scenes depicted, Irena is best remembered for her floral paintings. The exhibition was organized by the Regional Museum in Stalowa Wola.

Zamek Culture Center, 80/82 ¦więty Marcin St., Poznań, until Dec. 21
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