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Henryk Stażewski, RELIEF NO. 106, 1976

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63.3 x 63.3 cm - acrylic, board signed in marker on the reverse: no. 106 | 1976 | H. Stażewski


Collection of art historian Teresa Sowinska (1940-2023), author of many publications and exhibitions, professionally connected with "Zachêta" in Warsaw.

Image exhibited and described:

- Michał Bylina / Henryk Stażewski. Exhibition of works of the winners of the awards of the Minister of Culture and Art granted in 1977 for artistic work in the field of fine arts, CBWA Zachęta, Warsaw January 1978, cat. 17 (dimensions 64 x 64 cm).

The 1970s saw further transformations in Henryk Stażewski's painting. From now on it is difficult to group his paintings into distinct stages, combine them into clear cycles, consider them chronologically. He is now more often inspired by experiences flowing from the observation of everyday reality, even ad hoc events, perceived intuitively. The rigors of the form and composition of paintings are loosening, they are already created, as it were, in the artist's subconscious. "Great agitation," he wrote in his notes, "is caused by the increasingly rapid changes in reality. But social issues also play a role here...". There are, for example, paintings made of many intersecting bundles of lines, next to laconic compositions of single lines; white paintings with varied surfaces - smooth and textured; empty and monochromatic paintings next to those filled with colorful planes, or stripes of sometimes shocking, eye-jerking color combinations. A surprising variety of ideas and an increasingly magical color palette that attests emphatically that the nickname Stażewski once bestowed upon himself as a lyrical abstractionist was not merely a gesture of courtesy or helplessness on the part of the critic. (...) This work of a lifelong constructivist, who did not and could not give up the principles instilled in him until the end, which nevertheless constantly liberated itself from them, seems both to move with the times and to be a phenomenon almost from a dream. (...) the iron principle of Henryk Stażewski: the search for order in chaos, even when reality before his eyes began to play tricks, was never completely shaken in his painting.

Wiesław Borowski, Henryk Stażewski, in: Henryk Stażewski reliefs, Starmach Gallery, Kraków 2001, ed. Andrzej Szczepaniak

♣ An additional fee will be added to the Purchase Price resulting from the right of the artist and his heirs to receive remuneration in accordance with the Act of February 4, 1994 - on Copyright and Related Rights (droit de suite).

Henryk Stażewski (Warsaw, January 9, 1894 - Warsaw, June 10, 1988) studied at the School of Fine Arts in Warsaw from 1913 to 1920. At the beginning of his career, he painted still lifes. He temporarily exhibited with the "Formists" grouping (1922). He also took part in the Exhibition of New Art in Vilna in 1923. From that time on he worked under the influence of constructivism. In addition to painting compositions, he also worked in book graphics, designed interiors, furnishings and stage designs - these were mostly theoretical and studio works. Polish and international avant-garde groups, with which he exhibited and collaborated as a publicist, were, in turn: "Blok" (1924-1926), "Praesens" (1926-1930), "Cercle et Carré" (1929-1931), "Abstraction-Création" (1931-1939), "a. r." (1932-1939). He also belonged to the Circle of Advertising Graphic Artists (1933-1939). In 1930 he was a co-organizer of a collection of works by artists of the international avant-garde intended for the Lodz museum (now in the Museum of Art in Lodz). After World War II, he lived and worked in Warsaw. In the 1940s and 1950s, he made attempts to adapt to the demands of figurative art. From this period come drawing and painting compositions on the themes of labor, construction, as well as monumental projects. After 1956, widely regarded as the patron saint of the Polish avant-garde, he already practiced exclusively abstraction of Constructivist origin. He created cycles of works that were studies of planes, lines, colors in various arrangements in relation to each other. With the appearance of cool perfection, he knew how to imbue them with the emotion of a direct touch, the trace of a hand. In addition to painting and derivative forms, such as collages, reliefs, multiples, he created spatial forms and graphics (he authorized serigraphic replicas of his works). He was the recipient of many national and international awards and honors, including the Herder Prize, Vienna 1972.
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