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Here are three works of art by the Polish artist Feliks Michal Wygrzywalski.

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Feliks Michał Wygrzywalski was born in Przemysl in 1875 and spent much of his working life in Lwow. He died in Rzeszów in 1944.

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He is probably best known for his paintings of oriental and coastal scenes. His son, Felix Kazimierz Wygrzywalski was also an artist who painted in a similar style.

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More about Polish artists.

Stanislaw Raczynski

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A woodcut of the spires of the Cathedral in Krakow by Stanislaw Raczynski.

Stanislaw Raczynski (1903–1982) was a Polish artist who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. He is probably best known for his architectural and figural woodcuts of which these are fairly typical examples.

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Related: Woodcuts and water colours by the artist Wladislaw Skoczylas.

British Steel!

Fascinating Fact # 36

Rosław Szaybo

Did you know that …

The cover of the best-selling album ‘British Steel’ by the heavy rock band Judas Priest was designed by the Polish artist and photographer Rosław Szaybo. He also is responsible for the artwork on many other well-known album covers including numerous classical music albums and work by musicians such as Leonard Cohen, Janis Joplin, Santana, Soft Machine, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Elton John, and the punk rock band ‘The Clash’.

Related: Polish Poster Art.

Rafał Malczewski

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The painting ‘Noon’ (Południe) by the Polish artist Rafal Malczewski. This work was painted in around 1926.

Here is a small sample of some earlier art created by the Polish painter Rafał Malczewski, son of the probably more famous Jacek Malczewski.

Rafał Malczewski

The painting ‘Autumn / Fall in Podhale’ by the Polish artist Rafał Malczewski, c.1926.

Rafał Malczewski was born in Kraków, Poland, in 1892. He lived for many years in Zakopane and was closely associated with other artists like Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz and Karol Szymanowski. He was a prolific artist mostly working in the school of ‘naive realism’. At the start of the Second World War he emmigrated first to France and then to Canada where he continued to paint. He died in 1965 in Montreal, Canada.

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An oil painting of a motor car near Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains of Poland by Rafal Malczewski, c.1935.

Related content on Polish Poland: Other great Polish artists (painters).

Ernst Henseler

Ernst Henseler

Here are digital scans of three paintings by Ernst Henseler – a German artist who was born and brought up in Landsberg an der Warthe, now Gorzow Wielkopolskie in the west of Poland. He was active at the end of the 19th century and as many of his paintings focus on country life in what is now the Polish province of Lubuskie, as well as being of artistic merit, they are useful in the study of social history.

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Ernst Henseler was born in the Wepritz (Wieprzyce) district of Landsberg an der Warthe (Gorzów) in former East Brandenburg. He studied at the Berlin School of Arts in 1870 and from 1871 to 1877 at the Weimar art school.

From 1881 he taught at the educational department of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Berlin, and from 1888 onward he held a professorship at the Technical University of Berlin.

With annual summer visits throughout his long life to his birthplace in Landsberg he drew on the things he saw to paint mainly scenes of rural life. He died in 1940 at the age of 88.

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Related: a list of great Polish artists (painters).

Jerzy Duda-Gracz

Jerzy Duda-Gracz

A self-portrait with Family, by Jerzy Duda-Gracz, c.1979

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A selection of artwork by the Polish artist Jerzy Duda-Gracz .

Jerzy Duda Gracz

Jerzy Duda-Gracz was a Polish painter and professor of painting and drawing at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. He was known as an insightful satirist in the tradition of surrealism and expressionism. Many of his paintings arouse strong emotions as his work covers themes such as stupidity, intolerance, hypocrisy, arrogance, laziness, and the blind fascination with money and American culture.

He died in Lagow, Lubuskie, in 2004.

His paintings can be seen at museums and galleries in Czestochowa, Gdańsk, Krakow, Lodz, Poznań, Toruń, and Warsaw in Poland; and outside Poland in Florence, the Vatican, Moscow, Ghent, Vienna, and Oldenburg. His art can also be found on display on the walls of many private homes (including ours!) throughout the world.

Related page on Polish Poland: a list of great Polish artists (painters).

Jerzy Duda Gracz

Two paintings of the Lubuskie region where the Polish artist Jerzy Duda-Gracz lived in the latter part of his adult life.

Karol Szymanowski

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Karol Szymanowski (1882 – 1937) is probably the most celebrated 20th century Polish composer and pianist.

Szymanowski’s is perhaps best known, at least in Poland, for his Third Symphony ‘Song of the Night’, and Fourth, ‘Symphonie Concertante’; a work for violin and piano called ‘Nocturne and Tarantella’; the ballets Harnasie and Mandragora; and the operas ‘King Roger’ and ‘Hagirth’.

Listen to one of our own favourite pieces by Karol Szymanowski below.

Read more about Karol Szymanowski in an article on the Guardian newspaper website.

Zdzisław Beksiński

Zdzisław Beksiński was a renowned painter, photographer, and sculptor. Beksiński had no formal training as an artist and worked in construction for many years. His paintings were mainly created using oil paint on hardboard panels and his art might in the main best be described as utopian realism / surrealism. He was born in Sanok in 1929 and murdered in Warsaw in 2005.

Here are three examples of Beksinski’s paintings.

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To discover more about Zdzislaw Beksinski and see more of his art visit his official website:

Related page on Polish Poland: a list of great Polish artists (painters).