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Lyrical Touch of Tragedy
July 4, 2014   
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Work by Andrzej Wróblewski, one of Poland’s greatest artists of the early post-World War II era and a precursor of modern realism, is on show at the Spectra Art Space gallery in Warsaw.

Born in 1927 in Vilnius in present-day Lithuania, Wróblewski died in an accident in Poland’s Tatra Mountains in 1957. He was a graduate of the Faculty of Painting and Sculpture of the Fine Arts Academy in Cracow and also studied art history at the Jagiellonian University. A distinctive feature of his work is a lyrical touch of tragedy, while the metaphors that he put in his paintings continue to strike an emotional chord with audiences today. Wróblewski’s works provide a significant and true-to-life testimony to the difficult times in which they were painted.

Wróblewski developed an individual and compelling manner of depicting reality, especially the experience of death and the atrocities of war. Regarded as a bold and uncompromising founder of modern figurative painting, Wróblewski is mentioned in the same breath as the world’s greatest artists of his time.

The exhibition in Warsaw comprises over 30 oil and guache paintings that form an overview of the key themes in Wróblewski’s work. The items on show include some of his signature paintings, such as the socialist realist Fajrant w Nowej Hucie (Quitting Time at the Nowa Huta Steelworks, 1954), the ambiguous Alarm (Alert, also known as Attention! It’s Coming!, 1955) and a set of intense and insightful studies for the famous Execution series.

Visitors to the exhibition can also see several rarely exhibited paintings, including the famous Szofer niebieski (Blue Chauffeur, 1948), the mysterious Nagrobki (Tombs, 1957) and the ethereal Niebo nad górami (Sky Above the Mountains, 1948).

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Until Sept. 28
Spectra building, 6 Bobrowiecka St.
Open Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., free admission
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