UNTITLED (Horses in the Snow) / WOJCIECH RUTKOWSKI (b.1905) / Oil on Canvas / 440 x 500 mm
This work has remained in the same family who brought this work from Poland to Australia in the 1970's. This is a case where distance creates difficulties in researching the career path of an artist based in Europe. We know Rutkowski has sold several works of a similar theme by auction in London in the last ten years. What this painting posseses is a lyrical Polish sensibility in palette and expression. The artist skillfully uses few brushstrokes to decribe mass, movement and weather conditions. This is a lovely painting that recalls a time and place where hard work in the fields was rewarded with a warm and modest refuge, with maybe some bigos and vodka.