Portrait of Władysław Broniew­ski (1897-1962), a prominent Com­munist poet with a com­plicated, predominan­tly tragic, biography. It is based on a photograph by Jan Styczyński (published in 1973 in “Wisła” photobook) of the poet in his beloved Masovian land­scape. Broniew­ski was then at the peak of his popularity, and a pupil of the authorities. It was get­ting clear, by looking at his face, that he had a growing weak­ness for liquor. This pain­ting was shown in the Steadelijk Museum in Amster­dam and in our gal­lery during the “Broniewski” project.

Wilhelm Sasnal

oil on canvas, 190 x 180 cm