Landscape of Vyshkiv

Margit Selska

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Basic information
Margit Selska
Landscape of Vyshkiv
Date of creation
Eastern Europe
oil painting
canvas oil
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
40.3 x 50
Information about author
Margit Selska
Artist's lifetime
Margit Selska (Reich) (1900, Kolomyia – 1980, Lviv). In 1918, the artist entered the private Free Academy of Art in Lviv, where she studied under the guidance of Feliks Wygrzywalski. In 1921, Margit Reich graduated from the State Industrial School in Lviv, and between 1921 and 1922 she studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow with Wojciech Weiss and Wladyslaw Jarocki. From 1922 till 1923 she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien). In 1924, the artist moved to Paris, where she frequented exhibitions of modernists and became interested in cinema and photography. In Paris she attended the Académie Moderne, the art school founded by Fernand Léger and Amédée Ozenfant. In 1926, the artist took part in the exhibition of the Salon des Indépendants (Society of Independent Artists) in Paris, and the following year her first personal exhibition took place in Lviv. She was a member of the art association "Artes" (1929–1935), the Association of Independent Ukrainian Artists (1931–1939), the New Generation (1932–1935) and the Lviv Trade Union of Plastic Artists (1932–1939). During the Holocaust, Margit Selska was in the Yaniv concentration camp, from which she managed to escape to Krakow with the help of her friends. In 1943, the Selski couple returned to Lviv. In 1978, for the first time after the war, the artist presented her works at an exhibition in the Lviv Art Gallery. Margit Selska is the author of numerous portraits, still lifes and landscapes. The artist's work was greatly influenced by Post-Impressionism, Cubism and Constructivism. Her works have a special coloristic and compositional solution, in particular, her early work Hel (1932), Woman with a Cat (1960s), Crimea. Uiutne Village (1962), Carpathian Landscape (1965), Near the Sea (1964), Grape Harvest (1968), Old Ash Tree (1976) and others.
Object description
The foreground of the horizontal composition "Landscape from Vyshkiv" on the right-hand side shows a part of a winding mountain river in greyish-green tones. On the left is a yellow-greenish hill at the foot of which a fence (a cut-off trunk used for fencing) is depicted horizontally, with two trees on the left, a row of brown haystacks behind the fence, and a row of houses with light grey and red roofs above on the hill. Behind the houses unfolds a band of greyish-blue mountains. Along the upper edge of the composition, the sky is grey with light grey clouds. This landscape by Margit Selska creates the impression of an unreal vision, through the intensified contrast of yellow-grey, grey-red tones, further emphasized by the brown-black contour lines.
In the bottom left there is author's signature in brown: "Selska M."