Wladyslaw Strzeminski 1893-1952

--- Catalogue of Works

I. Paintings
include paintings and few studies created between 1918 and 1950.

II. Drawings
include both individual drawings and series of drawings created between 1924 and 1950.

III. Graphic Art
include a small collection of linoleum prints lithographs made between c. 1919 and 1950.

IV. Applied Art: Designs and their Realizations
A.Typography - from 1923 to 1952
B.Textile design - from c. 1947 to 1948
C.Furniture - from 1947 to 1948
D.Other - isolated examples of designs of theatre scenery, and exhibition arrangements

V. Spatial Forms and Interior Compositions
projects and realizations from 1948 to 1950.

VI. Sketches and Studies
a large collection of works from c. 1921 to 1950.

VII. Works Known from Reproductions.

VIII. Works ascribed to Wladyslaw Strzeminski.


Editor's note
The catalogue, prepared for the centenary of Wladyslaw Strzeminski's birth, accompanies a monograph exhibition, and documents (with minor omissions) the complete work of the artist. The only deliberate omission is a collection of postcards painted during the German occupation of Poland, which are not of importance in the artist's oeuvre. It has proved impossible to compile a complete list of the various design projects which the artist worked on between 1945 and 1951, particularly those prepared jointly with other designers (this will require further research). The catalogue contains only the works of which Strzeminski is the sole author. In order to provide a more complete characterization of Strzeminski's artistic output, a separate section of the catalogue lists works which have been lost and are known only from illustrations. In recognition of the problems connected with the research on works attributed to Strzeminski, these works have been grouped under yet another separate heading.
The starting point for the present catalogue was the unpublished and unfinished catalogue prepared in 1980 by Dr Zofia Baranowicz from the IS PAN (the Art Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences) for the Muzeum Sztuki (Museum of Art) in Lodz. The documentation that she collected, especially concerning the privately owned works, made it possible to prepare the present catalogue in a relatively short time. The editor would also like to acknowledge the invaluable help of Janina Tadnowska, who is also the author of the section of the catalogue dealing with typography.
The collected works of Strzeminski have been grouped in accordance with the commonly accepted principles of classification into the following sections:

Within these sections and sub-sections the works have been arranged chronologically. Works created in the same year have been ordered according to their relative importance, while at the same time an attempt was made to preserve the sequence ensuing from the confirmed and hypothetical dating. Each section and sub-section of the catalogue is separately numbered. Thus each work is marked with a section number (Roman numerals), a letter indicating its sub-section, the position of the work in the chronological sequence within the section (Arabic numerals); among the others I.1 .; IV.A.1.
Each catalogue entry contains the following essential information:
- the title and the date of the work (hypothetical dates have been given in square brackets)
- the technique and size of the work (in centimeters, height x width x depth)
- the artist's signature and its placement
- the owner (if the work belongs to a museum, also the inventory number)
- provenance
In some cases the entry includes additional information on:
- other titles appearing in the literature on the subject (given in brackets under the proper title)
- the description of the reverse of the work ( if there are sketches, drawings, etc. , author's inscriptions other than his signature, other inscriptions, labels, stamps that may have importance for the work's history)
- information about the previous owners
- selected bibliography of the object, sometimes complemented with information about the published illustration of the work
- the exhibitions at which the work was shown ( as documented by the relevant publications: catalogues, guides and press notes. This part of the entry may contain abbreviations from the separate List of Exhibitions included in this catalogue. The work's catalogue number and the page on which one may find the illustration are given in brackets. The unconfirmed showing of a work is marked with a ? . The question mark also indicates difficulties in linking the work with a number in the given catalogue).
- notes and comments ( annotating the history of the work or facilitating its placement in the artist's oeuvre


Almost all of the works are illustrated
- as a rule, beside the catalogue listings (black-and-white photographs)
- in the section entitled illustrations (mostly in colour, numbered) - beside the theoretical articles and the biographical notes (black-and-white photographs, with captions, not numbered)
The references in the catalogue listings are to the last two of the above cases and they give the number of the illustration or the number of the page.
As regards the titles of the paintings, attempts have been made to preserve
the original titles given to them by the artist, or approved by him. Some sections of the catalogue are prefaced by separate explanatory notes.

The following technical abbreviations have been used:

  • bibl. - bibliography
  • c. - circa
  • cat. - catalogue
  • cf. - confer, compare
  • coll. - collection
  • exh. - exhibited
  • il. - illustration
  • museum inventory number
  • no. - number
  • n.n. - not numbered (pages)
  • p. - page
  • pp. - pages
  • phot. - photograph
  • repr. - reproduction

Zenobia Karnicka, Editor

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