Untitled by Zdzisław Beksiński - 1976 Nowa Huta Cultural Centre Untitled by Zdzisław Beksiński - 1976 Nowa Huta Cultural Centre


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  • Zdzisław Beksiński - February 24, 1929 - February 21, 2005 Zdzisław Beksiński 1976

Zdzisław Beksiński was a Polish painter, photographer, and sculptor, specializing in the field of dystopian surrealism. Beksiński did his paintings and drawings in what he called either a Baroque or a Gothic manner. His creations were made mainly in two periods. The first period of work is generally considered to contain expressionistic color with a strong style of utopian realism and surreal architecture, like a doomsday scenario. The second period saw a more abstract style, with the main features of formalism.

Beksiński was stabbed to death at his Warsaw apartment in February 2005 by a 19-year-old acquaintance, reportedly because he refused to lend the teenager money.

This is a painting from the so-called fantastic period in Beksiński's art. The painter's goal was to present his internal visions; he was extremely focused on details. Despite shapes and figures that are sorely realistic, Beksiński is still considered to be the representative of surrealism. This painting was created in 1976 using warm colors and oil paint. Like other pieces, it has no title. Beksiński did not title his paintings so as not to spoil the viewer’s process of interpretation. An inquisitive person will find in the picture not only human-shaped figures and a nightmarish horse, but also a sanguin forest laced with blowing leaves (or perhaps birds).

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