Interior with Open Door

Janusz Kaczmarski

  • type of object: painting
  • date: 1978
  • material/technique: oil on canvas
  • dimensions: 81 x 81 cm
  • inventory No.: M-156
  • image licensed under: CC BY-SA

Using several objects and a fragment of interior architecture, Kaczmarski creates a symbolic scene typical of his oeuvre, rooted in the history of figurative painting and at the same time part of the painter’s contemporaneous hyperrealism. The carefully composed and painted fragment of reality is in and of itself a study in light and colour. Although there is no one in the interior, human presence is suggested — most certainly someone (likely the artist himself, who has painted many self-portraits) was sitting in the chair a moment ago and has perhaps left the room after opening the suitcase. Or perhaps it is the opposite — they will enter the room through the open door and begin preparations for a journey. The ball visible in the foreground, one of the key props in the scene, ‘ringing’ with colour and the perfection of the spherical shape, brings to mind the Earth’s globe, and at the same time the motif of travel — with no specified direction or objective. The suitcase and the ball are always a figure of the baggage of life experience.

Michał Jachuła

translated by Paulina Bożek

Image published as part of the Operational Programme Digital Poland: Open Zachęta financed by European Funds

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