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Metaphysical Melancholy
December 21, 2012   
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A selection of the most important work by Jerzy Mierzejewski, a talented Polish painter and graphic artist who died last year, can be viewed at an exhibition entitled Jerzy Mierzejewski—His Unknown Masterpieces, on display at the Bochenska Gallery.

Other than being a visual artist, Jerzy Mierzejewski (1917-2012) also made artistic films and documentaries and was a professor at the famous ŁódĽ Film School. As suggested by the title, the exhibition in Warsaw is the first time many of the featured works are being shown to the public. Along with paintings, the displayed items include drawings and sketches for paintings which provide viewers with an insight into Mierzejewski’s personality, his inspirations and motivations. They also demonstrate the techniques Mierzejewski used as a mature and accomplished artist.

For more than a half of a century, Mierzejewski had a major impact on Poland’s artistic community. Most famous for his “metaphysical” landscapes, Mierzejewski drew on traditions of the Polish school of colorism and formism. He painted atmospheric portraits and pursued compact forms, reducing his pictures to just essential elements. He made sparse use of color in his paintings, which are dominated by whites and cool, toned down and pale hues of blue and green. This technique gives a distinct, melancholic feel to the images. Humans in his paintings are mostly depicted as lonely figures constructed in a sculpture-like fashion, cut out of their backdrops.

Along with portraits, Mierzejewski painted nature, such as mountains, lonely trees and houses. A frequent theme in his work were painting studios, usually empty and depicted as if they were shelters or prisons. If such studios also featured self-portraits, he painted himself as if someone watched from a distance.

Until Jan. 31
Bocheńska Gallery, Koneser Culture Center
27/31 Z±bkowska St., tel. +48 22 601 51-17-13
Open Tue.-Sat. noon-6 p.m.
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