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Swooning, exhausted by “the Improvisation”, the national poet is supported by two female figures. Mickiewicz's figure seems to emerge from an irregular mass, resembling a wave in the sea — a theme strongly favoured by Szymanowski. This somewhat theatrical manner of displaying the character of the poet is meant to emphasize the effort accompanying the creation of outstanding poetry. In Wacław Szymanowski’s interpretation, in tune with the romantic image of the poet, Mickiewicz has created poetry under the influence of the supernatural.

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Swooning, exhausted by “the Improvisation”, the national poet is supported by two female figures. Mickiewicz's figure seems to emerge from an irregular mass, resembling a wave in the sea — a theme strongly favoured by Szymanowski. This somewhat theatrical manner of displaying the character of the poet is meant to emphasize the effort accompanying the creation of outstanding poetry. In Wacław Szymanowski’s interpretation, in tune with the romantic image of the poet, Mickiewicz has created poetry under the influence of the supernatural.
The cult of Adam Mickiewicz as the national poet, whose work was devoted to affairs of state, embodied the hopes and aspirations of an enslaved nation, which had particularly strength in the era of “Young Poland”, inspired by romantic traditions. This work of Szymanowski, who was also the creator of the famous monument of Fryderyk Chopin in Łazienki Park in Warsaw, is one of the best examples of Polish secession sculpture. The unusually dramatic impact of the composition had been achieved thanks to the strong asymmetry of the pose, which is full of expression, intensified by sketchy modelling, which allowed the free play of chiaroscuro on the surface of the sculpture.

Elaborated by Agata Małodobry (The National Museum in Kraków), © all rights reserved

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Sculpture “Mickiewicz after an Improvisation” by Wacław Szymanowski

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