Władysław Ślewiński

Poland / 1856 - 1918 / wikipedia
Władysław Ślewiński (1 June 1856 - 24 March 1918); Polish painter. One of Gauguin's students and a leading artist of the Young Poland movement.

Ślewiński's philosophy of art seems to stem from an excerpted statement of his about Gauguin: "He is so much an artist that he has to be wholly accepted or else rejected. I can feel him and accept him totally, for he suits my ideas of art and beauty". Beginning with his early works, he simplified forms and painted in flat areas. He encircled areas with contours, though he sometimes blended color into color. While he sometimes verged on abstraction, his lighting never departed completely from direct observation of nature. His approach to so-called subjective color was similar, as can be seen in some of the landscapes from the Tatra Mountains.

Perhaps more important for Ślewiński than the selective application of synthetism was his search – inspired by Gauguin – for simplicity and sincerity in places untouched by modern civilization as well as in objects of daily use. In his art, Ślewiński concentrated on the object, infusing its materiality with the reflective sensitivity of a painter. The form and color determined the painting's atmosphere. The artist used mainly earth colors, sometimes enlivened with stronger accents. He...

...he traveled to Paris in 1888. There he studied at the Académie Colarossi where he met Gauguin. The encounter, along with Gaugin's encouragement, inspired him to dedicate his life to art. He submitted to Gauguin's artistic and personal influence, spending time with him in Paris and, from 1889, in Pont-Aven and Le Pouldu in Brittany.

During this period, Slewinski painted a number of seascapes, including Cliffs in Brittany, and exhibited in Paris, with some success, both at the Salon des Independents in 1895–96 and the Galerie Georges Thomas in 1897–98. In 1891 Gauguin painted a portrait of Slewinski and presented it to him.
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