Monday 18 September 2023

Feliks Michal Wygrzywalski - part 3

mixed media on paper 68 x 49 cm

Feliks Michał Wygrzywalski (1875 Premysyl - 1944 Rzeszow) was a Polish painter; remembered primarily for his Orientalist scenes and portraits. He also created a significant number of nudesThanks to a scholarship from the Malinowski Foundation, he was able to study at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich from 1893 to 1898. This was followed by some time at the Académie Julian in Paris and a study trip to Italy.

In 1900, he decided to settle in Rome and married a local woman named Rosa Imassa. His studies there consisted largely of copying the Old Masters, but he also created landscapes and nudes. Later, he provided illustrations for the Polish travel magazine, Wedrowiec (The Wanderer), as well as magazines in Germany and Russia.

In 1906, he visited Egypt, creating numerous paintings and sketches for later use. When he came back to Poland in 1908, he lived in Lwów, where he had been commissioned to paint murals at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He also did some stage designs. During Worls War I, he moved to Rostov-on-Don and became a drawing professor. He returned to Lwów when the war was over.

He was a frequent participant in exhibitions, but his first personal showing came only in 1932, at the local "Society of Friends of the Fine Arts". During this period, his major work was a series of fourteen paintings, depicting the history of dance, for the sanatorium at the health resort in Krynica-Zdrój. For most of his later life, he maintained his own art salon in Lwów called, in German, "Kunstaustellung" (art exhibit). During the post-war depression, many upper-class people sold their paintings there; often entire collections.

In July 1944, at the approach of the Red Army, he was forced to flee Lwów, leaving all of his possessions behind. He found refuge at a tenement house in Rzeszów, but died only a few months later, from a stroke; possibly the result of an injury he suffered while fleeing. He was buried at the local cemetery, but his grave has not survived.

His works may be seen at numerous museums throughout Poland and Ukraine. In 2012, the city of Lódz organised an exhibition called "Between Capri and Lviv - painting travels by Feliks Michał Wygrzywalski." The following year, the National Maritime Museum, Gdansk, presented some of his works as part of a series on Polish artists and the sea.

For earlier works see parts 1 & 2 also. This is part 3 of a 5-part series on the works of Feliks Michał Wygrzywalski:

Note: Wygrzywalski often painted variations of a painting that look very similar but have minor  differences.

1937 Bedouin resting
oil on plywood 35 x 50 cm

before 1939 Act
oil on plywood 36 x 50 cm

1940 Helmsman (Self-Portrait)
oil on plywood 31 x 44 cm

c1941 White roses and Buddha figurine
oil on plywood 29 x 20 cm

1942 Portrait of a Boy
oil on canvas 50 x 35 cm

n.d. A carpet merchant on the Bosphorus
 oil on canvas 56 x 75 cm

n.d. A Nymph on a rock
oil on canvas 34.5 x 53.5 cm

n.d. An old man, a woman, and a sailor 
(details not given)
National Museum in Warsaw

n.d. Apricot pickers
oil on panel 46 x 67 cm

n.d. Arab prayer
oil on canvas 49.5 x 70 cm

n.d. Carpet dealer
oil on plywood 50 x 70 cm

n.d. Carpet dealer
oil on canvas 54 x 74 cm

n.d. Carpet Dealer
oil on panel 48.5 x 33.5 cm

n.d. Bedouin praying in the desert
oil on plywood 34.5 x 49 cm

n.d. Bedouin prayer
oil on canvas 49 x 69 cm

n.d. Balkan wine grapes
oil on canvas 53 x 73 cm

n.d. At sea
oil on canvas 55 x 75.5 cm

n.d. Arab prayer
oil on plywood 35 x 50 cm

n.d. Arab prayer
oil on plywood 35 x 49.5 cm

n.d. Arab prayer
oil on canvas laid down on board 48.3 x 69.3 cm

n.d. Carpet repairers
oil on canvas 35 x 50 cm

n.d. Carpet repairers
oil on canvas 54 x 74 cm

n.d. Carpet repairers
oil on plywood 35.5 x 50 cm

n.d. Carpet seller
oil on plywood 49.5 x 69.8 cm

n.d. Carpet seller
pastel on paper 48 x 68 cm

n.d. Carpet weavers
oil on canvas 55 x 70 cm

n.d. Cityscape of Sanremo, Italy
oil on canvas 52 x 80 cm

n.d. Coastal inlet with waves and cliffs
oil on board 35.6 x 45.7 cm

n.d. Dancer
oil on panel 36.2 x 50 cm

n.d. Early flight (albatrosses)
oil on canvas 51 x 79 cm

n.d. Eastern carpet traders
oil on canvas 54.5 x 75 cm

n.d. Experts
pastel on paper 48.5 x 68.5 cm

n.d. Fisherman in Capri
oil on plywood 39.5 x 52.2 cm

n.d. Fisherman in the Venetian Lagoon
oil on canvas 55.5 x 75.5 cm

n.d. Fishermen hauling a boat
oil on canvas 59 x 73 cm

n.d. Fishermen hauling in the nets
(oil) 50 x 70 cm

n.d. Fishermen hauling in the nets
oil on canvas 55 x 75 cm

n.d. Fishermen hauling in the nets
 oil on canvas 21.3 x 29.1 cm

n.d. Fishermen hauling in the nets
watercolour and gouache on paper 60.5 x 85.5 cm

n.d. Fishers on the shore
watercolour and gouache on paper 60.5 x 85.5 cm

n.d. Girl on Capri
oil on plywood 35 x 49 cm

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