Jacek Malczewski

Hi everyone! This week I’m going to talk about another polish artist called Jacek Malczewski. Malczewski is another incredible Polish artist that many Poles admire. He is a modern artist, who specialized in symbolistic art. His subject matter varies from Greek and Roman mythology to allegories to religion to portraits and so on.

Rather than going over Malczewski’s extensive painting collection, I wanted to go over some of his amazing drawings. I’ve been looking through this one book that deals with collections in the Wawel Royal Castle, and it includes a ton of drawings by Malczewski.

Five Horsemen

Five Horsemen

Five Horsemen is a drawing done with pen and ink, and it is not signed. This drawing represents five horsemen riding in a landscape setting. Malczewski includes himself and his friend, Karol Lanskoronski (the second figure from the right).

Portrait of Karol Lanskoronski

Portrait of Karol Lanskoronski

This drawing was done with crayon. This is a portrait of Malczewski’s good friend, Lanskoronski. Here Lanskoronski is busy writing.

Members of the Expedition Describe the Ruins

Members of the Expedition Describe the Ruins

This drawing is also done in pen and ink. Based on the title, it is meant to represent a expedition that Malczewski and Lanckoronski had. There isn’t any information on where this is drawing is located, but based on his background it could have been anywhere from Italy, Greece, or France. What’s know is that this is an expedition and that Lanckoronski is sketching the area, while Malczewski and two other friend are around some locals of the city.

Malczewski Drawing Karolina Lanckoronska, 1905

Malczewski Drawing Karolina Lanckoronska

These two pictures were done with pen and ink, and they show off a seven year old who Malczewski is drawing. In these drawings, he includes self-portraits of himself. Malczewski’s drawings mainly revolve around his friends, the Lankoronski family.

Malczewski’s drawing are very fascinating because they differ so much from his paintings. His paintings appear to be well-thought out and expressing important ideas and themes; then, you look at his drawings and they are simple. He draws family and friends, and he experiments with different types of material.


Feature Image is Malczewski’s Melancholia, 1890-4 | All other pictures are photos taken from Donatorce w Holdzie 

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