3 750.00 zł
Tyrants of the 20th century
70 x 100 cm
Piotr Panasiewicz, 6/10, Blue train
Blue Train – Tito, who was beloved throughout the Balkans, was able to move freely throughout Yugoslavia thanks to a special Blue Train. He used the old Austro-Hungarian rail network, which allowed him to reach the most inaccessible areas of Yugoslavia. He visited, for example, inaccessible mountain areas, where such an important visitor had never appeared! Thanks to the Blue Train, Tito has increased his popularity throughout his life by traveling on this mysterious armored train.
Workshop lithograph made in the traditional lithographic stone print technique on Hahnemuhle 220 gram cream paper
Excerpt from an interview with the artist
Reporter: Well, yes, but nowadays, when we have computers at our disposal, almost perfect printing, this is prehistory. Such an anachronism. We don’t have to polish the stone, we have modern printers.
Piotr Panasiewicz: Except that it is not the same thing. It’s like driving an alpha romeo spider from the 1970s down the road. You feel every breath of this car. Every touch of the gas, the opening of the throttle, the air wheezing in the engine, the rasp of the gearbox, the wooden steering wheel. In a modern car you are all encased in plastic and hear nothing. Of course there is comfort, quality. I rather appreciate what is closer to a person. Lithography, despite appearances, is unmistakable. Because the same works printed digitally and from stone, however, there is a difference. For me, huge. I treat lithography as a kind of painting. Of the graphic techniques, this is the form closest to painting. She transfers all these painterly feelings to stone. Lithography was also highly regarded by painters. It was cultivated by Renoir, Matisse, Munch, Chagall, Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec. And of the Poles, for example, Wyspianski or Wyczółkowski. Letters by Karol Frycz, a painter and prominent stage designer, have survived in which he wrote that lithography set him painting. Lithography makes it so that you have to limit the number of colors. Of course, mixing them gives further colors. But handling basic colors teaches that sometimes sparing art and focusing on form, teaches a new perspective. Wyczółkowski wrote that for him lithography was a very valuable stimulus.
He was born in 1963. Cracow. Studied at the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Cracow University of Technology (1982-84). Studied at the Faculty of Graphics of the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow (1985-91). Diploma in the Lithography Studio with prof. Roman Zygulski. Since 1990, he has been working in the Lithography Studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, where he is the head. He works in printmaking, as well as painting and design graphics. He has held lithographic scholarships in Paris and Leipzig.