Polish, 1879 - 1909
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The following biography is courtesy of 'The Concise Encyclopedia of Symbolism' (Jean Cassou, 1979):
"Wojtkiewicz started his artistic studies at the Gerson School in Warsaw, and continued them in Cracow, from 1903 to 1906, in the School of Fine Arts. He exhibited in Warsaw, Berlin and Paris. Andre Gide was personally interested in his work, and helped him to organise an exhibition in the Druet Gallery in Paris in 1907 for which he edited the introduction to the catalogue. Wojtkiewicz is the principal representative of the last generation of Polish Symbolism.
Animated by an imaginative spirit, he knew how to draw the viewer into a fantastic world. He painted scenes of childhood inspired by tales of fantasy. Under the influence of Toulouse-Lautrec he portrayed scenes of burlesque which were imprinted with lyricism. His Symbolism was already mingling with Expressionism, and indeed sometimes tainted with Surrealism."
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