Storm Over Westminster

by Marian Kratochwil

£4,250

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 9.5 x 13.0 ins/ 24.1 x 33.0 cms
SIGNATURE: Signed and titled on reverse
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas laid on board

In Storm over Westminster, Kratochwil has created an Impressionist masterpiece filled with light. This painting recalls Claude Monet’s Houses of Parliament with its loose brushstrokes and misty atmosphere. He has captured the dramatic moment as heavy clouds move over the Palace of Westminster. The thick impasto has conveyed the rapidly changing weather as a storm gathers overhead.

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This masterful painting is the epitome of his artistic style. Inspired by his patroness and fellow artist Dame Edna Walker, Kratochwil soon adopted her Impressionist style and fast handling of paint. Here, the Impressionist technique of dabbing paint onto canvas has recreated the ever changing light and gathering clouds over Westminster whilst the rapid handling of paint recreates the blurry fogginess of a stormy day. Another Impressionist trope is seen in the way dabs of yellow paint recreate the sunlight reflecting off the water and palace.

Provenance

Collection of Major P Black, Stretton Hall, Cheshire;
Private Collection, United Kingdom

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Biography

Marian Kratochwil (1906 -1997) was a Polish painter born in Krasow in 1906. He trained with Stanislaw Batowski before studying philosophy and history at the University of Lwow. He first found success with a one-man exhibition in 1936 at Zacheta Gallery in Warsaw, where the author Zofia Kossak-Szczucka became a collector by buying the first picture sold at the exhibition thus establishing his reputation as an artist. After serving with the Polish army in Scotland during the Second World War, Kratochwil remained in Britain.

 

He painted landscapes of Scotland and Spain, and scenes of city life in London. In 1951, he had the good fortune to inherit the estate of the artist Dame Ethel Walker. Dame Ethel, who was in her seventies at the time, had met the young artist on his arrival to London and had seen promise in his work. Unbeknownst to Kratochwil, she had made him her beneficiary so that he could concentrate on his painting. In 1961 Kratochwil married the artist Kathleen Browne and later in life published an insightful monograph on her work. In 1994, he shared a retrospective with his wife at the Polish Cultural Institute, showing his drawings of life and places on Poland’s pre-war eastern borders. After his death, much of Kratochwil’s collection was passed to his pupil and fellow artist Robert Knight.

 

His works can now be found in leading institutions across the globe including the British Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art amongst others.

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