SO many streets named after this guy are here, in Poland. Jacek Malczewski sure was the master of expression with his dynamic paintings (just go and see Melancholia, it’s amazing) and those in which you could feel the love of Polish countryside and folklore (aaand mythical creatures!).
Vicious Circle (1895-97) is a painting illustrating spontaneity of an artistic vision. Malczewski was rarely literal in his works - after all, he was the father of Polish symbolism. He was somewhat of an anatomical specialist and the liveness of the bodies here just add to the overall dynamic of this piece.
You know what’s not typical in here? The use of horizontal placement in an artwork that just tries to be as dynamic as possible. You can notice that this from of placement is usually rather used for landscapes etc., as it has this estabilished stabitility to it.
DID YOU KNOW: During Picasso’s visit in The Cloth Hall's gallery in Cracow, Malczewski's work (Death of Ellenai) was the only work that Pablo paid more attention to. Not cool, Picasso, but well. One is better than none, right? (Is it bitterness that you can sense in my words? Maybe).
Bonus: one of the characters above is not human. (Two, if you count Greek gods). Try to spot him!
If you missed yesterday’s entry, this is the second in the ‘Mused on Tattoos’ series for Hero Complex Gallery’s Young Guns of Print show!
This time it’s the tough-as-nails biker, Hades (complete with helm of darkness), who has booked a sitting. I suppose it’s only natural that the Greek god of the underworld would have a lot of morbid imagery (But I bet underneath his tough exterior he’s actually a big softy).
So the show opens tonight and there are so many cool artists contributing that you should probably just go. Here, I’ve linked to accessible parking near the gallery.