edited by: Michał Jachuła, Agnieszka Rayzacher
graphic design: Honza Zamojski, szaransky.biz
publishers: Zachęta — Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, Fundacja Lokal Sztuki / lokal_30
Maria Anto (1936–2007), creator of paintings and drawings, studied at the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (diploma 1960). A representative of figuration in art, she developed her own individual language of painting. Anto created portraits, landscapes, and images of animals and fantastical creatures. Her painting was defined as metaphorical, fantastical, symbolic, poetic, and representative of magical surrealism, while displaying a kinship with naïve art, the Quattrocento, and surrealism. The artist herself attached the most importance to literary inspirations. Anto was a major figure in the Polish art world for several decades. She participated in the independent cultural movement under martial law. Her works were shown at nearly 70 individual exhibitions and some 250 group shows in Poland and abroad.
The book provides the most up-to-date analysis of Maria Anto’s work as a painter. It includes an essay by Michał Jachuła, curator of the exhibition Maria Anto which opened in 2017 at Zachęta – National Gallery of Art in Warsaw. Apart from presenting Anto’s work and her position in art history, the text examines issues concerning the artistic practice of a woman painter who over several decades enjoyed success on a male-dominated art scene. The second text is an extensive interview with Anto’s daughter, the Polish visual artist Zuzanna Janin, who discusses the milieu, time and circumstances in which Anto worked. The final text, by Agnieszka Maria Wasieczko, is an attempt at a synthetic portrait of this eminent Polish painter and provides a valuable factual resource for researchers of Anto’s oeuvre.