ZOFIA STRYJEŃSKA POLISH VISUAL ARTIST

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Zofia Stryjeńska (born 13 May 1891 in Kraków, died 1976 in Geneva) – Polish painter, graphic designer,illustrator, stage designer, a representative of art deco. Along with Olga Boznańska and Tamara de Lempicka, she was one of the best-known Polish women artists of the interwar period. Stryjeńska was part of the art group “Rytm” (rhythm). She may also have been influenced by Young Poland (Młoda Polska), a stylistically diverse art movement active between 1890 and 1918. She mainly used the tempera technique, producing lithographs, drawings, posters, designing toys, tapestry, stage sets, stage costumes and making book illustrations. Among her best known works are: pastorale, Slavic Idols cycle and Passover, as well as illustrations of the poem “Monachomachii” by bishop KrasickiSeasons, Christmas Carols, Four Polish Dances, and the sacraments.

 

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She made part of the decoration of the Polish pavilion at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris in 1925, a series of six paintings for the twelve months, showing rural village life and seasonal change. This work brought her Europe-wide fame and five World Trade awards. She made a series of paintings depicting Polish folk dance artists in 1927.

In many works, she depicting the pre-Christian Slavic gods worshipped in Poland. However, the artist herself always considered herself a Christian. She was raised as a Catholic, but converted for a short time to the Evangelical Church in order to divorce and remarry. Her fascination with the beliefs of ancient Slavs should be regarded as an artistic interest only.

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