Centre for Dialogue and Prayer in Oświęcim

“THE WAY” , Maria Hiszpańska Neumann

She graduated from the Academy of Arts in Warsaw (1939). During the occupation she worked closely with the resistance movement. She was arrested in June 1941 and deported to the concentration camp in Ravensbrück with a death sentence. In the camp she shared her knowledge of the history of art with her fellow prisoners. Despite all obstacles and at great risk, she drew scenes of camp conditions; only some of those works have been preserved and they became evidence of the times. She escaped on the death march during the evacuation of the camp from the advancing front. In the post-war years she was one of the few artists who decoratedbooks with wood cuts; she made cover designs, vignettes and initials.

In love with the Middle Ages, she was able to wonderfully depict the climate of the epoch in her miniature works. The illustrated works include the Great Testament (Villona), The Song of Roland or golden legend. She also created woodcuts as independent works, sensitive to human destinies and the beauty of the world.These two contents can also be seen in holiday sketches which are testimony to the artist's high level of drawing skills and her sense of observation.

The improvement in her living conditions made it possible for her to use painting techniques on large areas. The resulting works often address biblical content and testify to the deep personal relationship to the illustrated events. At the end of the 1960s she began a fruitful cooperation with German publishers (GDR), again with the help of woodcut techniques, including multi-colored ones. Since the end of the 1960s the artist has created several works for churches (Warsaw, Lublin, Kalisz etc.) using painting techniques, mosaic with almost base-relief elements. She is also the creator of mosaic windows. The exhibition “The Way” (“Droga”) is intended as a three-part realization. The first part comprises various works realized in the years 1943-1976, but with almost no book illustrations. The second part is planned for the period of Lent and shows works that are thematically related to this liturgical time. In the third part (Spring) wall projects are presented.


Krakowska Fundacja
Centrum Dialogu i Modlitwy
w Oświęcimiu
ul. M. Kolbego 1, 32-602 Oświęcim

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