Waclaw Borowski

(1885 - 1954)

Waclaw Borowski

Biography

Painter, graphic artist, designer, illustrator. From 1905 to 1909 he studied Art History at Uniwersyet Jagielloński (the Jagiellonian University) and at Akademia Sztuk Pięknych (the Academy of Fine Arts) in Krakow under the direction of Józef Mehoffer. After graduation he spent four years in Paris. Visiting France awoke his fascination with Old Maters. After his stay in Paris, he went to Italy, learning the cradle of the Renaissance. Borowski was a co-funder of artistic group Rytm and was a member of Stowarzyszenie Polskich Artystów Grafików Ryt. He participated in numerous exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale. He is a leading representative of new classicism. Borowski was inspired by Ancient and Renaissance art. His paintings are characterized by harmonious composition, synthetic form, lyrical atmosphere and pastel colours. Basing on the line and chiaroscuro, Borowski tried to emphasize the qualities of rhythmic composition. He painted ordered, even idyllic mythological and genre scenes. He also depicted musicians, feasters, wanderers, and allegories of the seasons.

Borowski is an author of polychromies, inter alia, the polychromies of the chapels in Miłosławiec and  Royal Castle in Warszawa. He designed posters and scenographies, illustrated books and newspapers. He was also a designer of  banknotes.