Tadeusz Brzozowski (1918 – 1987)

Tadeusz Brzozowski. MASTIFF (CWAJNOS), 1967

Gentlemen start your engines! Opis pracy Brzozowskiego z dużą dokładnością. Będzie to spore wydarzenie. Do zobaczenia wkrótce w Polsce na aukcji w De..e!

Lot 63. Tadeusz Brzozowski (Polish, 1918-1987). MASTIFF (CWAJNOS), 1967 oil on canvas signed, dated and with ROSC 67 label on reverse 51.50 by 55in. (130.8 by 139.7cm) Adam’s, 11 December 2007, lot 45; Private collection ROSC, Dublin, 14 November to 31 December, 1967, catalogue no. 16 ‘ROSC is one of the boldest and most illuminating international exhibitions of modern art ever held … the new and the old salute each other over the centuries … Dublin has provided the ideal setting for their astonishing encounter.’ Brendan Gill, The New Yorker 1967 Rosc, meaning ‘poetry of vision’, was a series of international art exhibitions that took place in several venues between 1967 and 1988. Predating the foundation of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, their purpose was to present international modern and contemporary art to an Irish audience and also to place Ireland within a global art context. In 1967 the first ROSC exhibition took place in Dublin at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS). The present work was included in this momentous show which comprised the work of the fifty ‘best’ living artists of the time; selected by a jury of three international selectors. These included Francis Bacon, Willem De Kooning, Antoni Tàpies, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Miró, Ben Nicholson, Victor Pasmore and Pablo Picasso among many others. No Irish artists were included in Rosc ’67 and to add to this controversy a supplementary exhibition – curated to form a dialogue with the main exhibition – ‘Ancient Celtic Art (Bronze Age – Early Christian)’ caused public outcry owing to the inclusion of ancient monuments, some of which were removed from their permanent sites. In spite of this controversy there was considerable local and international interest and large attendance figures for the exhibition and it was in this atmosphere that the sizeable oil painting Mastiff (Cwajnos) by Polish artist Tadeusz Brzozowski was unveiled to Irish audiences at the launch on 13 November 1967 by then Minister for Finance, Charles Haughey. Tadeusz Brzozowski became known internationally more than a decade before ROSC ’67. In the 1950s, together with his wife Barbara Gawdzik-Brzozowska, he created religious polychrome murals in churches and designed scenery and tapestries for the Bydgoszcz Philharmonic among other institutions. He represented his native Poland at the São Paulo Biennale in 1959 and again in 1975 and at the Venice Biennale, just five years prior to the ROSC exhibition, in 1962. Brzozowski studied at Krakow’s Academy of Fine Arts in 1936 and later at the Kunstgewerbeschule (1940-42). He was a teacher at the Krakow Polytechnic Institute (1945-54), the Visual Arts College in Zakopane (1954-69), Pozna?’s State Higher School of Visual Arts (1962-79), and the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow (1979-81). He was a member of the Krakow Group, and also a member of the international collective known as Phases. A major retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the National Museum in Warsaw in 1997. His work can be found in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam among others. Estimate 80,000 – 100,000 euro. Whyte’s. 03/09/20

Sold 190,000 euro (hammer)

One thought on “Tadeusz Brzozowski (1918 – 1987)

  1. ma pan racje z pewnością już maja zakupiony bilet na samolot podejrzewam tez ze pan Wasilewicz pojedzie w delegacje a grudniu już będzie nagłośniona sprzedaż z wielką pompą

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