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March 31, 2015   
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Work by renowned Polish painter Olga Boznańska is on show at Warsaw’s National Museum in an exhibition organized together with the National Museum in Cracow and Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

The exhibition marks 150 years since Boznańska was born, in Cracow, to a Polish father and a French mother. Boznańska began her artistic education in Cracow and then continued it in Munich. The talented painter soon became successful, which in 1898 encouraged her to move to Paris, the center of the artistic world of her time. While in Paris, Boznańska made a name for herself as a portrait artist. The rich legacy she left behind is among the finest achievements of Polish art of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Warsaw exhibition comprises 150 pictures painted by Boznańska throughout her life, along with over a dozen paintings by artists who inspired her and whose work gave a new context to her paintings.

Exhibited next to Japanese woodcuts and masterpieces by Diego Velázquez (Portrait of Mariana of Austria, Queen of Spain), Édouard Manet, Henri Fantin-Latour and Édouard Vuillard, Boznańska’s paintings are put in a broader perspective of European and world art. The exhibition’s international highlights include James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s outstanding Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander, on loan from London’s Tate Gallery.

Visitors to the National Museum in Warsaw get an insight into Boznańska’s life in several self-portraits and a collection of furniture and other items from the artist’s studio, including palettes, sketches and archival photographs. The exhibition closes with a series of still lifes, a genre that Boznańska pursued all her life.

The exhibition comes with a large catalogue and an audio guide available in Polish and English.

In addition to the exhibition, the 150th anniversary of Boznańska’s birth is being marked with a range of lectures, meetings and workshops during which audiences can learn how Boznańska worked, where she sought inspiration, and what made her style so distinctive. The events, tailored to suit different age groups, are held in the exhibition rooms and at the museum’s Gallery of 19th-Century Art. While the exhibition is on show, audiences can also attend drawing classes.

Guided tours are available to organized groups in Polish, English, German, French, Italian and Russian.

For further information on the accompanying events go to www.mnw.art.pl, “Edukacja” tab.

Until May 2
Olga Boznańska (1865-1940)
National Museum in Warsaw,
3 Jerozolimskie Ave.
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