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Inspired by Folk Themes
June 17, 2009 By M.H.    
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More than 120 works by Anna Binkuńska, one of Poland's most fascinating nonprofessional painters, are on display at Wrocław's Ethnographic Museum.

Binkuńska (1908-1997) was born in Piaski near Lublin, and lived for a time in Lublin, Warsaw and several smaller towns. After World War II she mostly lived and worked in Wrocław. It was here, in 1965, that she first attended art classes at the local art center. Having mastered the basic skill of priming a canvas for oil paints, she painted 20 pictures in a week. In all, she created over 3,000 paintings that today are found in many museums and private collections.

Her works portray the multicultural world of her native Piaski-the religious rituals and everyday lives of the Jewish community, the Roma community, farmers' markets and folk customs. She loved wildlife and filled her canvases with birds and flowers. Her paintings also feature historic sites, historical themes and portraits.

Ethnographic Museum in Wrocław, 111/113 Traugutta St., through July 31
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