The Art of Juliusz Krajewski

Malarstwo Juliusza Krajewskiego

\The exhibition presents Juliusz Krajewski's painting work. The artist Juliusz Krajewski (1905–1992) was who was connected to the city through his wife, the painter Helena Krajewska, née Malarewicz, who was born in Biecz. His work included easel painting, graphic prints, posters, drawing, and book illustration. Juliusz Krajewski was a doctrinaire socialist; he and his wife belonged to the Artists' Club ‘Czapka Frygijska’ (‘Phrygian cap’) which focused on realist art. Years later, he wrote about this period of his work: ‘And so, speaking about the formation of artistic views of future artists and members of the Czapka Frygijska group, one should remember that we did not have the same, unified views about matters of aesthetics – not then, not later – we did not even strive for such unification. We strived for an image of modernity, an image of this world – at once cursed and wonderful, an image of the Poland of peasant fields and mining heaps, an image of the unemployed demanding work and bread.’ The subject of the Second World War is particularly significant in Juliusz Krajewski's work: ‘Pacyfikacja wsi’, ‘Egzekucja’, ‘Po nalocie’, and ‘Po pacyfikacji’. After the war, he created many works following the doctrine of social realism: ‘Buraczarka’, ‘Na pogorzelisku’, ‘Zagumnie’, ‘Ogrodnik z Łaszczyna’, and ‘Żniwiarka’. The exhibition includes paintings from the Paris period, works with rural subjects, and numerous portraits (‘Autoportret’, ‘Portret matki’, ‘Portret staruszki’, ‘Portret starego aktora’), landscapes and still lifes.

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