The new publication titled „Rysunki – koń” [„Drawings – Horse”], which has just been published by Wydawnictwo Edyty Wittchen publishing house, is a real treat for Arabian horse lovers and art aficionados. It is a bibliophile portfolio (measuring 35×48 cm), containing facsimile reproductions of ten illustrations by Andrzej Strumiłło from 2012 depicting Arabian horses. The illustrations are accompanied by fragments from the Koran, quotes by Krzysztof Monwid Dorohostajski and Marian Czapski and the poetry of Imru’ al-Qais, Adam Mickiewicz and Juliusz Słowacki, carefully selected by the author. This is what Professor Andrzej Strumiłło has to say about his new project:
„I have illustrated tens of books. Created hundreds of paintings. I am aware of the differences between a painting and an illustration. In various times the leitmotif of the literary subject in a painting determined the communication value and significance of the work. The modern artist is not keen on giving the priority to literature. The horse, as a separate subject in my works, was almost non-existent. Maybe when illustrating the poetry of Mongolia, the Caucasus or Uzbekistan I showed the energy and beauty of the animal. I have been keeping horses for forty years. I have been breeding Arabians for twenty. Led by an obvious sentiment towards horses of this breed, I have personally chosen fragments of classic texts from the Koran, Arabian poetry, Polish specialist literature and belles-lettres and took on the task of illustrating them. The horses from my illustrations have no names. My imagination formed their conformation and traits.”
The portfolio, dedicated by the author to Janów Podlaski Stud, is available on the publisher’s website www.edytawittchen.pl (at the price of 140 zł – texts in Polish and English).
Andrzej Strumiłło – born in 1927 in Vilnius. After the Second World War studied at Higher School of Art in Łódź, then moved to Cracow when he graduated and worked as an assistant, then professor. Also lecturer at Theology of Catholic Academy in Suwałki. In 1982-84 the head of graphic art studio by United Nations’ General Department, New York. Painter, draughtsman, sculptor, photographer, poet and album’s author (“Nepal”, “Sun”), book illustrator (“Fairy-tales” by H. Ch. Andersen). As a stage designer he co-operated with (amongst of all) Polish TV Theater and Student Satirical Theater. Large number of his travels, mainly to the Middle and Far East (1950-70) became inspiration for many art works – paintings, photographs and book illustrations. Some part of his great collection of the work of arts from those parts of the world created the collection of Museum of Ethnology in Cracow and Asia and Pacific Museum in Warsaw which Andrzej Strumiłło is cofounder. His travels had a big influence in creating his view on the world and human. He lives by Czarna Hańcza river in Suwałki county, where he is an active ecologist in Wigierski National Park’s scientific board as well as the founder of the meeting cycle “The art – the Environment” in Wigry. In the abode established at Maćkowa Ruda, near Sejny, Professor Andrzej Strumiłło breeds Arabian horses.