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Krystyna Sadowska was born in Lublin, Poland in 1912 and died in 1994. She lived in Brazil and in England before emigrating to Canada in 1949. She studied at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, England and at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, Paris. Sadowska was a member of the Ontario Society of Artists and had many international affiliations. She earned her reputation in tapestry (for which she was awarded a gold medal by the French government in 1937), ceramic, painting, batik and later, metal sculpture. Recipient of the coveted Jurzykowski Award (New York) for overall artistic activity, the artist has executed a large number of commissions in Canada and the U.S.A.

The artist’s use of bronze in this piece is unique as she has exploited the metal’s texture rather than its natural patina. The marble environment may have inspired the fossil-like articulation of the surface of her relief panel, which was achieved with a welding torch.

Homage to the Legendary and Modern Woman, 1967 - Krystyna Sadowska

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Homage to the Legendary and Modern Woman, 1967
Krystyna Sadowska
welded bronze
Government of Ontario Art Collection, 619762

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