Andrzej Wróblewski

  • View large image Self-Portrait in Red, not dated

    Andrzej Wróblewski, Self-Portrait in Red, not dated watercolour, gouache, paper, 29.5 x 41.7 cm Courtesy of the Andrzej Wróblewski Foundation

Andrzej Wroblewski (1927-57) is widely considered the most important Polish artist of the post-war period. He was born in 1927 and started to make independent work in 1948 while still an art student. Ideologically he leaned towards a socialist agenda and refuted contemporary movements in Poland devoted to international modernism. His signature works from that time are a number of paintings evoking an execution that are based on his wartime experiences. In 1950 Wroblewski gave up his previous way of painting and accepted the exigencies of Socialist Realism. After Stalin’s death and in the context of the “thaw” in Poland, deeply disappointed by the apparent failure of the communist model, he abandoned the Socialist-Realist doctrine in 1955 and reconnected to his 1948/49 work.

A retrospective of his work, titled Andrzej Wroblewski: Recto/Verso 1948–1949, 1956–1957, has been organised by the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw in 2015, to then tour to Madrid.

Last updated: 20.05.2015

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