Jan Lebenstein (1930 – 1999) Axial Figure
Signed lower left
Watercolour and indian ink on paper
WHY BUY ME?
Lebenstein was one of the most popular artists in Poland during the 20th century. Influenced by the work of Marc Rothco and Egon Schiele, he had a great deal of commercial success during the 1960’s and his work is now highly collected.
Also an illustrator and stage designer, he lived in Paris and was very much part of Parisian art culture. He was decorated with the Grand Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (1998), winner of the award at the 1st Biennale of the Young in Paris (1959) and Alfred Jurzykowski New York Foundation award (1976) and Jan Cybis Award (1987).
Works in collections: National Museum in Warsaw, Krakow, Poznań, Wrocław, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Hirshhorn Museum and Scuplture Garden Smithsonian Institution in Washington, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Musee National d’Art Moderne in Paris.
Selected exhibitions: Guggenheim International Award, New York (1958); Documenta, Kassel (1959); Galerie Lambert, Paris (1959); Biennale in Sao Paulo, (1959); Galerie Chalette, New York (1962); retrospective exhibition, National Museum, Wrocław (1973); Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (1992); 1112 Gallery, Chicago (1997); Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2010).
Private Collections: Many private European and American collections including that of Albert Grokhost.
The axial theme is typical of one oeuvre of his work.
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