Gierymski at National Museum
March 27, 2014
Masterpieces by Aleksander Gierymski, one of Poland’s greatest 19th-century painters, are on show at Warsaw’s National Museum in March.
The Aleksander Gierymski 1851-1901 exhibition opens March 20 and will comprise almost all the work the artist left behind, including around 120 oil paintings and sketches, 66 drawings, one sketchbook, around 150 woodcut prints based on his drawings and a set of photographs of models. Most of the items come from the National Museum’s collection and the rest has been borrowed from 16 museums across Poland, two museums abroad and a number of private collections. The exhibition is arranged to allow audiences to follow Gierymski’s evolution as an artist, showing how he approached and solved the artistic dilemmas that confronted him at different points in his life.
Along with widely known pictures, the exhibition comprises rare items that have been out of the public eye since the late 19th century. The combined display of familiar and little known work presents audiences with an opportunity to take a fresh and critical look at Gierymski’s legacy. The exhibition includes a wide range of woodcut illustrations based on Gierymski’s drawings—work that is underestimated by contemporary art historians. Illustrations accounted for a major part of Gierymski’s output and were often the artist’s only source of income.
Until Aug. 10
Aleksander Gierymski 1850-1901; National Museum in Warsaw
3 Jerozolimskie Ave.; www.mnw.art.pl