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Witkacy. Logos and the Elements

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Edited By Teresa Pękala

This book focuses on Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, philosopher and controversial artist. It expresses the opinions of philosophers, museologists and artists, for whom Stanisław Ignacy Witkacy’s 130th birthday anniversary became an opportunity to view his works from the perspective of postmodernity. The authors concentrate on Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz as eminent and prophetic philosopher concerned about Western culture with its waning metaphysical feelings, master of gesture and poses, anticipating the postmodern theatricalization of life.

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Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz – “Witkacy” – in the Memories of His Family (Elżbieta Witkiewicz-Schiele)

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Elżbieta Witkiewicz-Schiele

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz – “Witkacy” – in the Memories of His Family

It was Stanisław Witkiewicz the father (1851–1915) whom the Witkiewicz family put on a pedestal. Stanisław Witkiewicz, a painter, art critic, writer, and the creator of Zakopane Style in architecture and applied arts, who insisted on this style being considered national, was a great, wise, noble and good man while his son, Staś, Stasiek [= Stanisław] was of difficult and weird character. This is how the man who later became Witkacy was perceived in the close family circle; this opinion about him persisted throughout the whole interwar period and also for many years after World War II. He remained in the shadow of his father’s fame.

The critical view on Witkacy’s artistic achievements was disseminated by his aunt, Maria Witkiewicz, known as Mary (1850–1940), and the reason why was her boundless love and adoration for Stanisław Witkiewicz’s brother, whom she called Angel.

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