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Władysław Strzemiński

graphic artist , painter

Władysław Strzemiński is a Belarusian (also defined as russian or polish) artist. His cycles Deportation, Domestic War, Faces, Landscapes and Still Lives, Cheap as Dirt ,To My Friends, the Jews, among others, appeared during the war. After the war he was the head of a‘spatial plastics’ studio. In 1947 he published his Theory of Vision and started experimenting with ‘solaristic’ images and sculptures, but in 1949 he turned to socialist realism.


St. Petersburg military engineering school


After the Riga Agreement was signed in 1921 he moved to Poland for good and worked in Vilna, Vileyka, other places before he settled in Lodz in 1931. He founded his private school there, which turned Lodz into a centre and an outpost of avant-garde art. In the local museum he formed the Europe’s first ‘International Collection of Contemporary Art’ (1931) and donated to it the works of an artistic association which he had organized. In 1928, his theoretical paper Unism in Art was published, in 1929 Composition of Space saw the light. In those decades he worked in the forms of cubism, neoplasticism, painted many ‘unistic works’ – decorative planes of straight or wavy lines. In 1939, escaping Germans, he lived in Vileyka, where he worked on his cycle of original contour drawings Western Belarus, but a year later he returned to Lodz.