Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz

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Self-portrait of Witkacy, 1938
Self-portrait of Witkacy, 1938

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, a.k.a. “Witkacy” (February 24, 1885 in WarsawSeptember 18, 1939 in Jeziory, Polesie) was a Polish writer, dramatist, photographer, philosopher and painter.

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"Kompozycja", 1922. Oil on canvas. 91 x 115 cm. National Museum in Kraków.

Son of Stanisław Witkiewicz. A close friend of Bronisław Malinowski, he travelled with him to Oceania. His godmother was Helena Modrzejewska.

Witkiewicz survived the Russian revolution in Petersburg. Later his works show his fear of social revolution and foreign invasion, but are written in absurd language. He also experimented with drugs and recorded, in small notes on his painting, the drug that was influencing him at the time, even if it was only a cup of coffee.

When Poland was indeed invaded by Germany, he escaped with his young lover to Eastern Poland. Following the Soviet invasion of Poland, he committed suicide. Witkiewicz lied to his lover, saying that he was giving her poison while he was to cut his veins; she woke up later to find him dead.

The Ministry of Culture of Communist Poland decided to exhume his body, move it to Zakopane and give him a VIP burial. It was performed according to plan, though nobody was allowed to open the coffin delivered by the Soviet authorities.

However, later genetic studies showed that the body belonged to an unknown Ukrainian woman; a final absurd joke 50 years after his last novel.

Works

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"The Two Heads" 1920. Oil on canvas. 65 x 77,5 cm. Art Museum in Łódź.
  • Nowe formy w malarstwie (1919)
  • Szkice estetyczne (1922)
  • Pożegnanie jesieni (1927)
  • Nienasycenie (1930)
  • Szewcy (1931-1934)
  • Pojęcia i twierdzenia implikowane przez pojęcie istnienia (1935)
  • Jedyne wyjście
  • 622 Upadki Bunga czyli demoniczna kobieta
  • Jan karol Maciej Wścieklica
  • Matka
  • Wariat i zakonnica
  • Narkotyki - niemyte dusze
  • W małym dworku
  • Mątwa
  • Pocałunek mongolskiego księcia
  • Kompozycia fantastyczna

Paintings

External links

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