Stanisław Wyspiański

Polish playwright, poet, architect, painter, prolific self-portraitist, interior and furniture designer

...Polish artist and writer of plays and poetry. ...he was also an interior and furniture designer. His writing displays strong patriotic and nationalist beliefs and he joined themes of the Polish folk tradition with the modernist movement. Born in Kraków, Wyspianski was raised by his aunt and her husband after his mother's death. His aunt and uncle were middle class intellectuals, and it was there that the young Stanislaw became acquainted with painting and his talent was recognized. As a student, he took great interest in both art and literature, as well as Polish history, and he went on to attend the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts. After traveling Europe, he returned to Kraków in 1894 and began receiving commissions, such as church stained glass. Throughout his career Wyspianski worked in a number of genres. He painted scenes of Kraków, several portraits of his daughters and depictions of his family, as well as several self portraits. His views of Kościuszko Mound are among his most celebrated works.

...painter, pastellist, decorative artist, illustrator, writer and theater director. ...son of Kraków sculptor Franciszek Wyspianski... In 1889 Wyspianski and Józef Mehoffer, the school’s most talented students, were appointed to complete painted decorations for St Mary, Kraków, a task that prompted Wyspianski’s interest in both decorative painting and stained glass. ...a stay in France was regarded as the major point in his artistic life. He studied at Académie Colarossi... and became acquainted with Paul Gauguin. Together they visited art museums, where Wyspiański was bewitched by the beauty of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes’s paintings. [ ]
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