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    Xavier Libbrecht
    "Une question d`emotion"

    L'EPERON, Paris, December 2002-January 2003, no.219

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    A QUESTION OF EMOTION

    Lagny, a rainy day in October, 2002. An old abandoned tannery. An artist's workshop on the second floor. A wooden staircase.... A certain ambiance. Strange to find oneself there again. It's he, Grzegorz Jakubowski artist-painter, around 45 years of age, shaggy hair, small round glasses, a thick moustache, a bulky pull-over and wide-ribbed corduroy pants in a garnet color. Already having met last year in Saumur, now he has arranged the coming here of Lubomir Tomaszewski, another Polish artist, older....

    Everything had happened with a jolt of the heart. The one written up in L'Epéron magazine, at the time of the Exhibition of the Salon d'Automne de Saumur. "The Hunter" of stone and bronze, and his counterpart named "Alaric" form a beautiful pair. Lubomir Tomaszewski, well over 84 years old, is the author, the sculptor of these pieces. He uses stone, wood, copper and bronze, and assembles them to conceive his works: they are often animals, but also men, musicians, dancers. He has a real gift for seizing life, animality. "The stone gives the energy and the mass, the wood renders the essence and the form expresses the gestures, the metals show the bond and the muscles". Some statues are gigantic.

    Having arrived from Poland in 1966 where until then he was a designer for Rosenthal, the famous German House of porcelain, the emigrant decides to devote the remainder of his life to his art. Thirty years later, sponsored by wealthy patrons of the arts, this workaholic (he gets up every morning, like monks, at 2 am.), has imposed his signature stamp. But he has gone farther. In his wake, his exile, he has drawn other artists thus, in this way constituting a group which is inspired by common values under the title of "Emotionalism". The majority of the artists are of Polish descent and live on the East coast of the United States. You can find sketch artists (dessinateurs) and painters, such as Aleksandra K. Nowak, Janusz Skowron, Jak Kovatch and our "French" Grzegorz Jakubowski, sculptors like Maria Fuks, Ivan Bradko, Piotr Wroniec, but also, and this is what distinguishes this group from others in the past, whose fame is synonymous with legend (the impressionists for example), photographers (Jan Hausbrandt), musicians (Krzysztof Medyna) or dancers (Kathryn Kollar).

    The fact is that the notion of emotionalism, a combination of reality and abstract art, would not be satisfied by only one means of expression. The definitions are multiple and many. For example Lubomir says with simplicity: "Only the meeting of nature in its grandeur and generosity with the artist in his internal complexity, is emotion created. It is that which we are looking for, that which unites us".

    Grzegorz Jakubowski, his French mentor, with a Bachelor's degree from the School of Architecture in Cracow, an émigré to France 20 years ago, an alumnus of the Fine Arts of Paris, who is exhibiting until January 2003 in Saumur in the Center of Modern Art Bouvet-Ladubay - where ironically the 10th Annual exhibit of the International Salon of Saumur is being held for the first time - has another approach of the movement. "One distinguishes today the conceptual Art which is a reaction to the academic world where the gesture of the artist is stronger than his work, from abstract Art where the visual, the color and the stroke of the brush are of prime importance. Emotional art can be abstract, but cannot be limited to that. It must generate a natural emotion".
    As to the perpetuity of the movement created by Lubomir Tomaszewski to which he adheres "because the need of man and in particular of the artist must more than ever be in harmony with nature which surrounds him and which escapes little by little", he says that he ignores that nature is within his reach and his potential. "Will the group survive Lubomir? Are we at an impasse or at a turn?" he asks pensively, in a small voice with a heavy accent while going down again from his benchmark where he looks for himself without respite through his work.
    translated IRD

Gregor Jakubowski ARTWORK DETAINED / STOLEN / in NEW YORK, PARIS & LUBLIN - / ZAWLASZCZENIE

- Lawyer / Adwokat : LETTER 1 // LETTER 2 / see page 2 - Complicity of Ewa BOBROWSKA-Jakubowski / Mieczyslaw "Mietko" RUDEK, Lubomir TOMASZEWSKI, Janusz SKOWRON- / wspolnictwo w zawlaszczeniu
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ARS_Chopin,Voyageur EMOTIONALISM. In Tune with Nature Gregor Jakubowski ARTWORK DETAINED / or STOLEN / in NEW YORK, PARIS & LUBLIN - / ZAWLASZCZENIE OBRAZOW

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