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Brother Albert et al.
April 7, 2010   
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A new exhibition at the National Museum in Poznań features works by Polish painters who were associated with the Studio venue at the Europejski Hotel in Warsaw in 1874-1883.
Works on display include paintings by Józef Chełmoński, Stanisław Witkiewicz and Adam Chmielowski, a monk also known as Brother Albert who went on to become a saint.
The artistic and intellectual community of the Studio consisted of prominent and talented individuals whose work became a milestone in Polish painting. It was in the Studio that Chełmoński painted his Czwórka (The Four) and Witkiewicz his Orka. The Studio attracted Warsaw's high society and intellectuals, among them actress Helena Modrzejewska and writer Henryk Sienkiewicz, who described the Studio in his short story Ta trzecia (The Third One).
The exhibition comprises several dozen pictures painted at the Studio. The displayed works come from both Polish museums and private collections abroad. Some of the paintings are being shown in this country for the first time.
Visitors to the exhibition can see some early works by Juliusz Kossak and Józef Brandt painted in Munich. There are also works inspired by the Studio, including paintings by Jacek Malczewski, Władysław Podkowiński and Kazimierz Sichulski. Podkowiński's Szał uniesień (Frenzy of Exultation) is a special treat for visitors-it is considered to be the first Polish symbolist painting.
The exhibition, entitled Chełmoński, Chmielowski, Witkiewicz. The Studio at the Europejski Hotel in Warsaw (1874-1883), is on display through June 6 at the National Museum in Poznań, 9 Marcinkowskiego St.
Dariusz Pietrzak

Picture from National Museum archives
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