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Selected works by Stanisław Wyspiański

  • Stanisław Wyspiański's versatile talent places him – an artist so strongly associated with Krakow – among the greatest personalities of Polish modernism. His paintings and prints are commonly known, though he was just as passionate about typography and decorative arts. He will also remain in our collective memory as a writer of poetry and dramas. The National Museum in Krakow holds the largest collection of works by Wyspiański in Poland. We encourage everyone to explore our virtual gallery of selected works of the artist – both his most famous works, most widely reproduced and close to the heart of every Pole, and those less popular, but equally outstanding. Stanisław Wyspiański believed that a portrait is the reflection of a moment – he never painted a model, always a particular person. With great tenderness and in their own unique way, the presented images of children capture the charm, innocence and sincerity of these exceptional models. On the other hand, the essence of his numerous self-portraits lay in his desire to depict the psychological role of the passing time. The Krakow landscapes, particularly the views of Wawel Hill, stemmed from his love for his hometown and Polish history. Planty Park at Dawn is one of the few works painted by the artist in oil. As early as during his studies in Paris, it turned out that Wyspiański was allergic to zinc white. It was – among other things – the reason why he began to draw with pastels and why most of his works are made using this particular technique. View of Planty Park is an example of his mastery in capturing the atmosphere of the Krakow landscape – a misty morning with a view of the Wawel Castle. His designs for the wall paintings and stained glass windows in the Franciscan church and the Medical Society House in Krakow constitute an almost tangible proof of the artist's immortality. While visiting Krakow, we can see these places and admire the original works. The painting from the series View of the Kościuszko Mound from the Atelier Window was created by Wyspiański when an illness made him stay at home in Krowoderska Street. He painted this view numerous times, recording the changing weather conditions, time of day and the intensity of sunlight.

    The diversity of artistic disciplines undertaken by Wyspiański, his titanic work and artistic achievements – which resulted from just 37 years of his life – win our admiration and respect and place this artist in the pantheon of the most outstanding Polish artists.


    Text by Katarzyna Szczygieł and Jagoda Gumińska-Oleksy – Department of Educational Programmes of the NMK

  • Girl with a Vase of Flowers, 1902

    Girl with a Vase of Flowers, 1902

  • Sleeping Child – Mietek, 1902

    Sleeping Child – Mietek, 1902

  • Portrait of a Boy (Józio Feldman), 1905

    Portrait of a Boy (Józio Feldman), 1905

  • Polonia, 1894

    Polonia, 1894 A painting version of a design for the stained glass window in the Lviv cathedral

  • Winter Landscape with the Kościuszko Mound, 1905

    Winter Landscape with the Kościuszko Mound, 1905

  • Study of a Child, 1904

    Study of a Child, 1904

  • Apollo, 1904

    Apollo, 1904 design for the stained glass window for the Medical Society in Krakow

  • Self-Portrait with Wife, 1904

    Self-Portrait with Wife, 1904

  • Head of a Girl – A Study, 1895

    Head of a Girl – A Study, 1895

  • Motherhood, 1905

    Motherhood, 1905

  • Design for the Franciscan wall paintings (a floral motif - nasturtiums) , 1895 /1896

    Design for the Franciscan wall paintings (a floral motif - nasturtiums) , 1895 /1896

  • Towers of the St Mary's Church in Krakow, 1905

    Towers of the St Mary's Church in Krakow, 1905

  • Planty Park at Dawn, 1894

    Planty Park at Dawn, 1894

  • Blessed Salomea, 1899

    Blessed Salomea, 1899 Fragment of a cartoon for the stained glass window at the Franciscan Church in Krakow

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