Teofil Kwiatkowski
Avignon, 1850
Purchased in 1963

material: oil on board

dimensions: 21,5 x 32 cm

description: The atmospheric, lyrical art of Teofil Kwiatkowski was influenced by French Romantic painting. Kwiatkowski emigrated to France in 1832, after the fall of the November Uprising, which he had taken part in. He studied, for example, in the studio of Léon Cogniet. The painter belonged to the circle of the Hôtel Lambert and was friends with Frédéric Chopin. Apart from portraits and symbolic compositions, the artist also painted landscapes showing the French provinces, especially Provence, and the town of Avallon in Burgundy. Avignon is one of the landscapes painted in between 1840 and 1850. The artist was enchanted by the medieval seat of the Papacy situated on the banks of the Rhone. The wide river separates the viewer from the town with the Gothic Palace of the Popes, located on the hill. There is the Romanesque Saint Bénézet bridge farther in the background. The landscape, painted with great ease, is permeated with poetic, slightly melancholic mood. A subtle tonality reveals the talent of a colourist. Silvery greys, harmonizing with blue and beige, have been relieved by the warm touches of red. The realism of the depiction is accompanied by the romantic, slightly fairy-tale atmosphere making this landscape one of the most extraordinary examples of Polish Romantic art. Aleksandra Krypczyk

exposition: The Gallery of 19th Century Polish Art in Sukiennice,
The Cloth Hall, 1, Main Market Square

key: Romanticism. Towards national art >>>

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