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A Legacy of Painting
June 29, 2015   
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An exhibition of paintings by Edward Nadulski (1914-1978) at the Abakus gallery in Warsaw’s Old Town features more than 20 landscapes, nudes and still lifes by an artist who was linked with the art scene of the eastern Polish city of Lublin for most of his life.

The exhibition, shown earlier in the halls of Lublin Castle, marks the centenary of Nadulski’s birth and testifies to the variety of forms that he pursued as a passionate painter.

“Edward Nadulski’s fascination with painting matter, combined with his penchant for abstract forms, … explains why many of his works are still up-to-date despite the passage of time,” Lechosław Lameński, an art historian and a professor at the Catholic University of Lublin’s Institute of Art History, wrote in an introduction to the exhibition catalog.

The exhibition contains landscapes, nudes, and still lifes that are distinguished by their original style based on a sophisticated interplay of colors, synthesis of form, and richness of painting matter. These pictures overwhelm the viewer with their rapid brush strokes, subtle colors and uneasy message.

According to Ryszard Ługowski, a visual artist and a professor at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, Nadulski’s pieces “testify to his skill as a painter, which is evident in his masterly brush strokes, accurate spontaneous gestures, a richness of paint consistencies, and maximally sublime, masterful color palettes.”

Edward Nadulski was born in 1914 in the village of Kamionka near the town of Lubartów in eastern Poland. He began his artistic education in 1938 when he enrolled at the Ludwika Mehofferowa Free School of Drawing and Painting in Lublin. During World War II, Nadulski was part of a resistance movement against the Germans in the Lublin region. After the German occupation of Poland ended he continued his education at the Lublin school of drawing and painting. In 1948-1955, Nadulski studied at the Faculty of Painting at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. After graduation he moved to the northwestern city of Szczecin to take a job as director of a state-run enterprise that managed a variety of fine arts projects. While in Szczecin, Nadulski continued to pursue graphic design.

In 1962, after returning to Lublin, Nadulski launched an exhibition that gave rise to a series of nationwide art shows collectively entitled Przeciw Wojnie (Against War). He died in Lublin in 1978.

Nadulski left behind a legacy of more than 500 paintings. The artist’s work can be found in both private and public collections in Poland, in venues including the Lublin Castle Museum and the National Museum in Warsaw, as well as in collections abroad, in countries such as Denmark, Britain and Switzerland.

Edward Nadulski’s Painting: On the 100th Anniversary
of the Artist’s Birth

Exhibition at Abakus Gallery, Warsaw Cultural Education Center (SCEK) 4 Jezuicka St., Warsaw
Open until Sept. 6, every day 11 a.m.-7 p.m. www.scek.pl
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