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Carmelita

Kali

The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

A portrait of a woman, whose composition visibly draws upon Renaissance portraits, however the artist clearly plays with the form, mixing realism with abstraction. The woman’s face and hands are portrayed realistically, while the rest of her body and the background are flat patches of colour.
The author's signature is seen in the bottom right corner of the picture.

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  • Title: Carmelita
  • Creator: Hanna “Kali” Weynerowska (1918-1998)
  • Physical Dimensions: 51 x 81 cm
  • Provenance: In the collection of the Polish Museum in Rapperswil since 2014 (a gift from Hanna "Kali" Weynerowska).
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on wood
  • About the author: Hanna “Kali” Weynerowska, (1918 Warsaw – 1998 San Francisco), One of the most important Polish woman painters, famous for her stylised portraits. She was born on 18, December 1918 in Warsaw, a daughter to Bronisław Gordziałkowski, and Aniela née Czarnowska. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Her education was interrupted by the outbreak of World War II, during which she joined the Polish underground movement (the Home Army), and fought under the nom-de-guerre of Kali. She was wounded during the Warsaw Uprising, and was put into a transition camp for the civilian population of the destroyed city. From there, she was transported to Nazi Germany. After the war, she lived in Belgium where she continued her education at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. She married Henryk Weynerowski. She spent the next five years travelling around Europe. She painted in Switzerland, Sweden, Luxembourg, Britain and France. In 1950, she went to Canada, and in 1953, she moved to San Francisco where she spent the rest of her life. As a painter, she felt confident in different styles. Except for few still lifes, she painted mainly portraits and landscapes, often combining the two in the manner of Renaissance painters.

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