Portrait of Theodosia Bryzh

Margit Selska

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Basic information
Margit Selska
Portrait of Theodosia Bryzh
Date of creation
the Ukrainian SSR now Ukraine
oil painting
canvas oil
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
91 x 121
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
Theodosia Bryzh was one of the brightest Lviv sculptors of the second half of the 20th century. She created more than 200 sculptures, 32 of which were performed in life-size. Theodosia Bryzh was one of the first in Ukraine to create modern works of art in the 1960s. The sculptor as well as other artists of the time had the desire to move beyond Socialist Realism; thus, she was interested in the works of world avant-garde artists and followed the traditions of Ukrainian modernists. However, the total state control over the cultural sphere resulted in a situation where it was difficult to fulfill the intentions.
Portrayed person
The name of the person portrayed
Theodosia Bryzh
Lifetime of the person portrayed