Wladyslaw Podkowinski - Frenzy - Szal - 1893

FRENZY OF EXULTATIONS

PAINTING OF THE DAY, POLISH PRIDE

WŁADYSŁAW PODKOWIŃSKI
“FRENZY OF EXULTATIONS” aka “FRENZY”
ORIGINAL TITLE: “SZAŁ UNIESIEŃ” aka “SZAŁ”
1893
310 x 270 CM
OIL ON CANVAS
NATIONAL MUSEUM IN CRACOW

Wladyslaw Podkowinski - Frenzy - Szal - 1893

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“Frenzy of exultations” is the most renowned of Podkowiński’s paintings, the one that made people talk about his works. For the artist himself, it also must have been the source of some nerve-wrecking nightmares. When the painting was first displayed publicly in Warsaw’s Zachęta Art Gallery, thousands of visitors were delighted by it, even though this highly eroticised image was controversial to many. Nonetheless, three days before the close of the exhibition Podkowiński showed up at reception, asked for a ladder which he then placed agains the large painting, climbed up and proceeded to stub it with a knife. Why oh why?! Unfortunately, this have never been explained. Rumour had it, that Podkowiński was madly in love with Ewa Kotarbińska, the wife of his close friend. Did he cut the painting when he finally realised that his feelings will never be requited?

The painting, repaired, is on display at the National Museum in Cracow.

 

Wladyslaw Podkowinski - Frenzy - Szal - 1893 - stektch

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Sketch to the “Frenzy of Exultations” by Władysław Podkowiński.

VALLEY OF MEXICO FROM THE HILL OF SAINT ISABEL

PAINTING OF THE DAY

JOSE MARIA VELASCO
“VALLEY OF MEXICO FROM THE HILL OF SAINT ISABEL”
ORIGINAL TITLE: “VALLE DE MÉXICO DESDE EL CERRO DE SANTA ISABEL”
1892
OIL ON CANVAS
56 x 78 CM
MUSEO NACIONAL DEL ARTE, MEXICO CITY

jose maria velasco - valley of mexico from the hill of saint isabel

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Far in the background, close to the blue mountain strip, just a little bit to the right of the centre, you can see Mexico City in this painting. It’s quite hard to see, but, as Velasco was a true master of detail, you can recognise the towers of the Metropolitan Cathedral located in the heart of present-day Mexico City. This painting shows a historical scene; the panorama is now completely urban and the lake Texcoco has disappeared centuries ago. There is another historical reference in foreground of this work – have you noticed the eagle flying off the prickly pear cactus? It may be just an eagle, but the coat of arms of Mexico City actually consists of an eagle sitting on a cactus, with a serpent in the beak. I don’t think it’s a coincidence.

 

Metropolitan Cathedral - Mexico City - front

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Coat_of_arms_of_Mexico

The current coat of arms of Mexico City.