(b. 1866, Warszawa, d. 1895, Warszawa)

Children in the Garden

Oil on canvas, 47 x 62 cm
Muzeum Narodowe, Warsaw

In 1889, W³adys³aw Podkowiñski and Józef Pankiewicz of the Warsaw College of Art visited Paris for the World Fair. There they encountered Impressionism, and, through Theo van Gogh, the paintings of Cézanne. The exposition of their own work in Warsaw in 1890 signaled the beginning of Impressionism there.

In the few years that remained to Podkowiñski in his short life, he used very bright and sometimes strongly contrastive colours, split in accordance with divisionist principles, to paint typical Impressionist landscape and garden subjects.