“FRENZY OF EXULTATIONS” aka “FRENZY”
ORIGINAL TITLE: “SZAŁ UNIESIEŃ” aka “SZAŁ”
310 x 270 CM
OIL ON CANVAS
NATIONAL MUSEUM IN CRACOW
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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.
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Sketch to the “Frenzy of Exultations” by Władysław Podkowiński.