Andrzej Wróblewski

  • Born 1927 in Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Died 1957 in Tatra Mountains, Poland

Andrzej Wróblewski, who developed an individual approach to realist painting, became one of Poland’s foremost postwar artists. After World War II he moved to Krakow, where he studied art history at the Uniwersytet Jagielloński (Jagiellonian University) (1945–48) and trained at the Akademia Sztuk Pięknych (Academy of Fine Arts) (1945–52). Even as a student he began to rebel against the predominant Kapist style (colorism) that was promoted in Polish academic circles. Searching for a unique and personal style, free from ideology, he inaugurated a Self-Teaching Art School at the Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Krakowie (Krakow Academy of Fine Arts) in 1948. His work in oil paint and gouache featured elements of Surrealism and abstraction, including geometric and stylized forms. In the late 1940s he devoted himself to his “Executions” series, depicting scenes of wartime atrocities during the German occupation of Poland. Also during that time, as a critic and theoretician, he published nearly eighty articles on art and literature. He often painted on both sides of the canvas, thus creating challenging, often contradictory combinations of recto and verso. In the early 1950s he briefly adopted the social realist style, and from 1955 onward he focused on the family as his subject. He died in a mountaineering accident at age twenty-nine.

Artworks by Andrzej Wróblewski in the exhibition