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Wolf-attacked Postage Sleigh Alfred Wierusz-Kowalski


Alfred Wierusz-Kowalski Suwałki, 1849 – München, 1915

Culture Polish
Object type painting
Medium, technique oil on canvas

47 x 63.1 cm

Inventory number 279.B
Collection Department of Art after 1800
On view This artwork is not on display

Alfréd Kowalski-Wierusz’s painting Postal Sleigh Attacked by Wolves was acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts in 1913 from the estate of Count Dénes Andrássy de Csíkszentkirály et Krasznahorka. Kowalski’s presence in the count’s picture gallery was no coincidence, as he was one of the most important Polish artists of his time. He became particularly popular for his winter landscapes of his native country, although he lived most of his life in Munich, where one of his masters had been Sándor Wagner. Kowalski’s paintings are characterised by dynamic compositions, often featuring hunting or equestrian scenes. His works were often reproduced on contemporary postcards.
In the Budapest painting, the scene is depicted with intense drama: the tension in the muscles of the terrified galloping horses is palpable, their tongues are hanging out of their mouths, and the driver of the sleigh is desperately trying to take aim at the wolves with his gun. The wolves are not the only danger, however, as a snowstorm is gathering ominously in the background.

Bianka Boda

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