The Małopolska Young Poland

Stara drewniana chata, zbliżenie na ścianę zewnętrzną, ze skrzynką z kwiatkami
The artists of the Young Poland movement, which symbolically covers the period from 1890 to 1918, were emancipated people, free from the proprieties of the Positivism, infected with Decadent pessimism and at the same time referred to national symbols and romanticism.

They were fascinated by village life and the countryside; they depicted Zakopane and Podtatrze folklore in art. Kraków, due to its location under the Austrian rule for which reason it enjoyed more freedom than other annexed territories, became the cultural and artistic capital of the nation. Writers, painters, composers and theatre personalities lived and created here. Walking the streets of Kraków and travelling the roads of Małopolska we pass by places related historically to the Young Poland art and its artists: Stanisław Wyspiański, Józef Mehoffer, Stanisław Przybyszewski, Tadeusz Boy-Żeleński, Włodzimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer, Stanisław Witkiewicz and others. Beautiful glass-stained windows and polychromes in Kraków churches, historic tenement houses, ornamented interiors with applied arts from the Young Poland period – many of these have been preserved until present day as well as beautiful soaring Witkiewicz-style villas in Zakopane.


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