He left the art surprisingly mature. Heartbreakingly ill - he died young. Subtle, ironic and sophisticated, he was able to equip his extraordinary painting with similar features. He created a separate, fantastic world in which the grotesque mixed with drama, old age with immaturity, and pathos with comedy. His art closes the stage of modernist symbolism and at the same time announces surrealism.
PIONEER OF POLISH SURREALISM
(29 December) Witold Wojtkiewicz, son of Stanislaw (a cashier at Bank Handlowy) and Aniela Swiecicka, was born in Warsaw in a tenement house at the Old Town Square as one of eleven children. He was hastily baptized on the day of his birth - from the beginning he was frail and sickly
despite constant interruptions caused by relapses, Witold Wojtkiewicz finished Jan Pankiewicz's seventh grade male school and, against his father's will, enrolled in the Warsaw Drawing School.
The conflict with the father, who does not accept the "artistic" decision of the son, made the financial situation of the young artist worse. In order to maintain his independence, he designed satirical postcards and Christmas cards for the Warsaw publisher Grabowski. He also started working with the Warsaw press, where he published drawings, caricatures and even features
He began his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, where he was a student of Leon Wyczółkowski (1852-1936). He and his colleagues rented a modest apartment at St. Thomas Street. He became actively involved in the life of artistic bohemians, regularly visiting "Jama Michalika", and even co-creating the program and decorations of the famous cabaret "Zielony Balonik".
he painted "Child Crusade". After graduating from the Cracow Academy, together with four friends he founded the "Group of Five", which manifestly defended the right to "literature" in painting, and together they exhibited at the Cracow Palace of Art, the Warsaw "Zachęta""Zachęta" and at the "Vienna Secession" in Lviv.
André Gide and Maurice Denis admired his paintings at the exhibition in Berlin. Gide wrote an enthusiastic letter to Witold Wojtkiewicz, promising to help organize the exhibition in Paris. As a result, Wojtkiewicz left for Paris, where the opening of his exhibition at the Druet Gallery took place on 23 May.
He painted the cycles "From children's poses" and "Ceremonies". Heart pains and seizures of breathlessness began to repeat themselves
died at the age of 29 from a heart attack in Warsaw (14 June). He was buried at the Powazki Cemetery. His mother hid his diary in the artist's coffin, burying with his son all his most secret.