Józef Pankiewicz (1866 - 1940): The Old Town Square in2/21/2021, 2:53:32 PM
Józef Pankiewicz (1866 - 1940): The Old Town Square in Warsaw at Night (Rynek Starego Miasta w Warszawie nocą), 1892, Oil on canvas, 61 x 46 cm, Muzeum Narodowe, Poznan, Poland Józef Pankiewicz was one of the first Impressionists and Symbolists in Polish art at the beginning of the 20th century; and was initiator of the Colourist movement in Polish painting of the 1920s and 30s. In 1889, he visited Paris for the World Fair. There he encountered Impressionism, and, through Theo van Gogh, the paintings of Cézanne. The exposition of their own work with his friends in Warsaw in 1890 signaled the beginning of Impressionism there. Pankiewicz combined Impressionist and various Post-Impressionist approaches. In the 1890s he brought an equal intensity to sunlight and nocturnal scenes with the light of city streetlamps.