Fight with a vampire, ok. 1916
oil on board
62 x 51 cm (wymiar z ramą 81 x 70 cm)

signed lower right: B. Biegas


- Legacy of Bolesław Biegas (Inwentory nr 64), Towarzystwo Historyczno-Literackie, Paris, 1954
- Jan Krugier Gallery, Geneva
- Claude Kechichian, Paris



- Pałac hrabiego Potockiego, Exposition des artistes peintres et sculpteurs polonais au profit des mutilés de l'Armée polonaise en France, Paris,1918, No 8
- Villa la Fleur, Konstancin-Jeziorna, 2011, Bolesław Biegas. Między inspiracją a symbolem
- Muzeum im. Boleslawa Biegasa, Warsaw, 2015



- The American Weekly, November 5, 1933, New York, s. 8 (il.)
- Szymański's Inventory, nr 199, Wampir-Papuga (Le Vampire Perroquet), with date 1914–1954
- Bolesław Biegas, Między inspiracją a symbolem, katalog wystawy, Villa la Fleur, s. 14 (il.)


The work belongs to the series of paintings entitled Vampires of War, painted by Bolesław Biegas in 1916-1918.The works depict Vampires - most often women, portrayed as the ones attacking male characters with a strong expression.This symbolic separation on the sexes conveys the philosophy of Biegas' thinking about love.This hidden message is pointed out by Xavier Deryng,a longtime researcher of Biegas.The first message to which the title refers is the cruelty of war that at that time was harvesting in Europe.In the presented picture, a female vampire in the form of a wild bird with a green plume and long hair attacks the cringed male figure.The whole scene is played on an abstract, heterogeneous greenish - brown background.The totality is reminiscent of surrealistic scenes, where the imagination of the artist shows his restless inner life.Surrealism as a trend in art appeared a decade later, so Bolesław Biegas can be described as a protagonist of the trend with his innovative approach of showing war as a manifestation of cruelty and inequality in the surrealistic space of the imagination.

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