Lot 3, Edward Dwurnik - Why did Sikorski have to die? (Dlaczego zginął Sikorski?)* - Ans Azura - ONLINE ART AUCTIONS

Why did Sikorski have to die? (Dlaczego zginął Sikorski?)*


Executed in: 1983

Medium: Oil on canvas

Size: 146 x 114 cm

Signed and dated


Artist’s Studio; Asperger & Bischoff Gallery Inc., Private collection, Germany


EDWARD DWURNIK. SPORTOWCY, monograph of the Sportsmen series, ed. by Pola Dwurnik., pub. by Osman Djajadisastra and AgraArt, Warsaw 2011, pages 286-287

Price realised €36,600

Estimate €28,000 - €36,000


 Edward Dwurnik is an outstanding Polish painter and graphic artist, undoubtedly one of the most recognizable personalities in Polish contemporary art. His oeuvre has been called ironic and grotesque, and includes expansive painting cycles focusing on recurrent social and political themes, produced in multiple versions, often simultaneously. His work has been exhibited at the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw; Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków; MOCAK, Kraków; Schaulager, Basel; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Zachęta National gallery of Art, Warsaw; Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Documenta, Kassel; Sydney biennial; Museum of Art, Indianapolis; Museum moderner Kunst, Vienna; Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, and many others. His work also features in many private and public collections in Poland and abroad.  

Edward Dwurnik, an exceptional painter, has developed his own distinctive language and means of expression over the course of his career. He used this expressive language to depict Polish society, the inhabitants of large cities, members of various social groups, and contemporary political situations. His talent for using caricature, irony, and critical commentary with a large dose of warmth and affection results in an unparalleled style that makes his depictions truly unique. The painting Warum musste Sikorski sterben presents a genre scene involving Tomasz Sikorski, who collaborated with Dwurnik on several occasions. Dwurnik often painted people he knew, a practice that can be understood as his most intimate observation of his surroundings. At the same time, this painting also expresses the artist's respect for the Polish working class and their contribution to society.


1985, Edward Dwurnik. Paintings from 1980-1984, Asperger & Bischoff Gallery Inc., Chicago, USA

1998, Edward Dwurnik, Museum Villa Haiss, Zell am Harmersbach, Germany

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