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Wyspianski - young boy

 

This painting by Wyspianski is rather chocolate boxy, but I liked the way he had caught the child in an "unposed" way, looking very natural. I think that if I'd been able to take one away, I'd have picked this one - or, perhaps, the Leonardo!

 

It is labelled "Portrait of Józia Feldman" - I originally thought that this was a pastel painting of a young girl, but it is in fact the five-year old Józef Feldman, a Polish-Jewish historian. Wikipedia notes: "During World War II he was wanted by the Gestapo because of his pre-war scholarly researches of German-Polish relations, which criticized German policy towards Poland. Some time he worked as archivist in the Ossolineum in Lviv, then he went into hiding in the Franciscan monastery in Hanaczów near Lviv. Then he moved to Warsaw. He took part in the underground education (he lectured in the then underground University of Warsaw and in the Warsaw Pedagogic School). War experience accompanied by studies upon Christian philosophy made him a deeply believing catholic. During the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, unfit for military service because of his heart disease and myopia, he served in the ranks of the monastery in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska."  He died in 1946.

 

 

 

Wyspianski - young boy

 

This painting by Wyspianski is rather chocolate boxy, but I liked the way he had caught the child in an "unposed" way, looking very natural. I think that if I'd been able to take one away, I'd have picked this one - or, perhaps, the Leonardo!

 

It is labelled "Portrait of Józia Feldman" - I originally thought that this was a pastel painting of a young girl, but it is in fact the five-year old Józef Feldman, a Polish-Jewish historian. Wikipedia notes: "During World War II he was wanted by the Gestapo because of his pre-war scholarly researches of German-Polish relations, which criticized German policy towards Poland. Some time he worked as archivist in the Ossolineum in Lviv, then he went into hiding in the Franciscan monastery in Hanaczów near Lviv. Then he moved to Warsaw. He took part in the underground education (he lectured in the then underground University of Warsaw and in the Warsaw Pedagogic School). War experience accompanied by studies upon Christian philosophy made him a deeply believing catholic. During the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, unfit for military service because of his heart disease and myopia, he served in the ranks of the monastery in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska."  He died in 1946.

 

 

 

comments (16)

This is very good!
Tom Wilson: It is, isn't it?
I think its deceptive Tom, much more than 'chocolate boxy'...A lovely painting.
Tom Wilson: Done with rare skill.
Joli portrait de ce petit garçon à  l'air pensif.
Tom Wilson: C'est vrai, Martine!
A very sweet portrait - and what an amazing adult he turned out to be!
Tom Wilson: I think one can see the intelligence in his eyes at this age.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 Jan 2019, 06:38
Agreed Tom - this is a charming study of childhood

I would have taken the Leonardo home..
Tom Wilson: Me, too - but it is too well guarded smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Jan 2019, 06:51
That is a nice portrait, Tom. And what a story with it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%B3zef_Feldman
Tom Wilson: Yes, the lovely child had quite a career!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 4 Jan 2019, 07:08
He already looks like a thinker, Tom
Tom Wilson: He does indeed.
With that kind of history, Tom, this portrait becomes even more powerful.
Tom Wilson: Neither he nor the artist would have any idea of what was in store.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 4 Jan 2019, 09:06
The child seems to engage strongly with the viewer.
Tom Wilson: Yes, it's a brilliant portrait, I think.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 Jan 2019, 11:20
By the looks, he was already developing theories about sitting for portraits. He didn't gain a ripe old age, but had a very full life.

If one is not told, everyone will think of a young girl.
Tom Wilson: A rather sad life at the end.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 4 Jan 2019, 13:42
What a beautiful painting (and image) of this young boy- what a moving life story of this person -I myself got to know a Polish Jewish man who - after hidden in a monastery- later converted to the Catholicism and became a Carmel monk in Israel.
Tom Wilson: I think that Wyspianski would be renowned for this portrait alone smile
A lovely rendering of the young Józia Feldman, Tom. Your commentary adds another dimension to the portrait.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Beverly.
I love pastel and chalk drawings for giving that fresh look.
Tom Wilson: Yes, I believe that Wyspianski used pastels quite often.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 4 Jan 2019, 16:18
he was quite a good artist

the child looks depressed which is understandable

what a terrible atrocity
Tom Wilson: Ah, interesting - others think he looks engaged smile
It is a delightful painting, more than a sketch but not a full blown portrait.
Tom Wilson: It is, isn't it?
I really like this Tom. A typical childhood pose!
Tom Wilson: Yes, a lovely capture.

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