Andrzej Wróblewski – My favorite painters – Part 1

andrzej wroblewski

I have a few favorite artists. I’ll start from one, who is perhaps the least known of the bunch.

Andrzej Wróblewski

Andrzej Wroblewski is a Polish painter who after the II World War became famous for his original paintings devoted mainly to a human. He was creating both experimental and abstract paintings, as well as inspired by the social realism. His favorite technique was especially oil, gouache, drawing, graphics (including monotype).

Wroblewski was primarily a realist and figurative. His early series of abstract paintings of the late 40s – solar abstractions, not really raise my admiration and my impression is that his artistic temperament, could not be fully accomplished.

Artworks selection

Shooting VIII 1949 oil on canvas 130 x 199 cm

Seems like in the cycle Execution from the years 1948-1949, terrific study of death, the artist finds his way. We can see drama, which is reminiscence of the war, and perhaps also the post-war experience. In conclusion, blue and gray are the colors of death, life is colorful.

The queue 1956 oil on canvas 140 x 200 cm

In the early 50’s he painted in the style of social realism (“Knock-off time in Nowa Huta,” 1953). The most evocative and metaphorical images referring to everyday life, he began to develop after 1955, so only two years before his death (“Queue continues,” “Waiting II”). Great cycle Ukrzesłowienie, I perceive as a metaphor of the hopelessness of the communist system, extremely tragic in its pronunciation.

Man’s head on a red background 1957

The artwork of final years of Wroblewski are series of paintings “The torn man” completed with the painting “The Shadow of Hiroshima” from 1957. Again he reached for abstraction – human bodies with holes, but in the center of his interests continued to be a man and his tragic fate. Of course we cannot forget about the great portraits, bold and innovative as “Man’s head on a red background.”

The tombstone on a green background 1956

Finally gouaches of Wroblewski, in his great series of tombstones, or stylized and simplified landscapes inspired by the Tatra Mountains, show how great and lively is his dash. Form and style are synthetic, yet so vivid and evocative, that almost impossible to resist.

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