Stefan Gierowski

BORN 1925, Częstochowa

Gierowski debuted in 1955, showing his paintings in the legendary exhibition Against War, Against Fascism at the Arsenał in Warsaw. He soon became associated with the Krzywe Koło Gallery. His style at the time was dominated by figurativeness; the artist was fascinated by post-cubism. From 1957, he started paintings abstractions, which he called Paintings and numbered with successive Roman numerals. His works show traits of both informal abstraction and post-constructivist art, and discuss the phenomenon of the visual image itself. Gierowski taught painting for many years at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts.

Painting DCLXXIV
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Stefan Gierowski

Painting DCLXXIV

1994 / oil, canvas / 135 x 100 cm / no. 0001 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0 1/ 4 Wróć
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The basic principles of Stefan Gierowski’s work are reduction and organisation. In Painting DCLXXIV, the artist has focused on representing light and colour with its connotations: the piece’s yellow-orange tone brings to mind warmth, sun, and relaxation; on the other hand, yellow is a venomous colour, symbolising a violent inner life, an amplitude of feelings and emotions. Nothing interferes with these themes, even the title is synthetic and subordinated to the discipling of painting. Gierowski has been numbering his abstract paintings with Roman numerals since 1957.  This gesture draws attention to the very phenomenon of the painting and its autonomy.

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Stefan Gierowski

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1993 / watercolour, paper / 38 x 56.5 cm / no. 0002 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0 2/ 4 Wróć
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Gierowski’s watercolour pieces are like notes from his experiments in painting – the brush strokes are meant to make visible the play of light, the course of the individual lines in a streak of colour, the way the different colours affect and influence each other. The paintings are not just compositional masterpieces but also a reflection of the artist’s fascination with Eastern calligraphy.

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Stefan Gierowski

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1994 / watercolour, paper / 38 x 53.5 cm / no. 0003 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0 3/ 4 Wróć
Description

Gierowski’s watercolour pieces are like notes from his experiments in painting – the brush strokes are meant to make visible the play of light, the course of the individual lines in a streak of colour, the way the different colours affect and influence each other. The paintings are not just compositional masterpieces but also a reflection of the artist’s fascination with Eastern calligraphy.

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Stefan Gierowski

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1995 / watercolour, paper / 38 x 55.5 cm / no. 0004 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0 4/ 4 Wróć
Description

Gierowski’s watercolour pieces are like notes from his experiments in painting – the brush strokes are meant to make visible the play of light, the course of the individual lines in a streak of colour, the way the different colours affect and influence each other. The paintings are not just compositional masterpieces but also a reflection of the artist’s fascination with Eastern calligraphy. Filling the bottom part of the composition dating from 1995 is a delicate mist confined by a red rectangle. The upper part is heavier, with small red oblong forms rendered using differentiated brushstrokes on a blue background. Gierowski presents two possibilities of executing a painting in the vein of lyrical abstraction.

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