GLAHA:18574, Adam and Eve, Zulawski, Marek, 1959, colour lithograph, print, inks on thick white wove paper

Humanity is often considered anew by 20th-century artists and is reflected in another work in the Hunterian collections: ‘Adam and Eve’ by Marek Żuławski. Żuławski was born in  1908 in Rome, spent his childhood in Zakopane in the Polish mountains, studied in Warsaw and Paris, and in 1937 moved permanently to London where he died in 1985.

Commenting on the French post-war paintings in his memoirs, he wrote: “A man stripped of the dignity he had during the Renaissance or Classicism of the Enlightenment, ceased to be the subject of the painting. If he does appear, it does in a non-individual form, deprived of its distinctive features, automatic or tortured.” For Żuławski however, as noted by Stanisław Frenkiel the most importatn was “[…] the dignity of man as a social being, a struggling and loving man, an oppressed and persecuted man, whose archetype and incarnation is Christ who combines the divine and human nature”.[11]

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