Paweł Kowalewski

Fin de siècle

In the series “Fin de siècle” from 1992 Paweł Kowalewski deals with the characteristic feeling of catastrophe to be found at the end of every century. The works show wall paper made from a path of flowers which brings romantic art to a bourgeois interior. The paintings are inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement and the idea of creating art that is functional and which serves society but which has not lost its aesthetic value. The artists of this movement were opposed to industrial production and moved back towards an ideal of handicrafts. The series “Fin de siècle” was shown in the Appendix Gallery in Warsaw. Later it was exhibited at a joint exhibition with Paul Delvaux at the famous Gallery Isy Brachot in Brussels.