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The art of Boleslaw Biegas (1877–1954)

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Univers de la tendresse (1918).

This Polish artist came to my attention recently while looking for something in a book about Surrealist art. As before, the web has its uses especially when it comes to discovering more about artists such as Biegas who were never prominent enough to be given more than a passing mention in art histories. Biegas isn’t really a Surrealist, however, although Apollinaire apparently liked some of his stylised sculptures. The paintings Biegas produced from around 1920 separate into two surprisingly different groups: semi-abstract portraits rather like the later wholly abstract works of Frantisek Kupka, and the Symbolist-styled nocturnes featured here. I naturally prefer the latter, not least because some of them nod to the dark cypresses and islands that populate many of Arnold Böcklin’s paintings, but the portraits and sculptures are often very good as well. There’s an artist’s website although the reproductions there are small and watermarked.

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Lord Byron (1919).

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Chopin (1919).

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Grotto of the Temple of Secrets (1924).

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Château des Trésors (c. 1925).

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Château enchanté (c. 1925–1926).

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Château de la petite déesse solitaire.

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Fleurs enchantées.

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Scène fantastique.

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Scales of Mystery.

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Temple des noces d’amour ou Nocturne.

Previously on { feuilleton }
The art of Jacek Malczewski, 1854–1929

 


 

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