Wojtkiewicz created visions of an unsettling world in which human beings are often reduced to puppets, acting out strange but somehow familiar parts. This painting shows an old couple at a holiday fair, a popular entertainment for country folk and city dwellers alike in the late nineteenth century.
Artist Witold Wojtkiewicz, Polish, 1879-1909
  • Pentecost Holiday Fair near Cracow
Date 1906
Medium Tempera and/or oil on canvas
Dimensions Overall: 38 × 39 1/2 inches (96.5 × 100.3 cm)
Framed: 38 3/4 × 40 1/4 × 1 1/2 inches (98.4 × 102.2 × 3.8 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Friends of Polish Art Fund
Accession Number 1988.63
Department European Painting
Not On View
Signed Signed, lower right: Witold Wojtkiewicz | Kraków 1906
Marks Marked, two paper exhibition labels, damaged, overlapping: Adres... | dzielo Phingsten in Bielany bei Kraka | ....tempera cena 1000 | Towarystwo Przyjacjól [ow] Sztuk Pieknych w .... wie
ca. 1907, collection of André Gide (Paris, France);
by descent to his daughter, Catherine Gide;
by descent, the son of Catherine Gide;
Jean-Pierre Bosc (Paris, France);
(Alain Clairet, Paris, France);
1988-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Schulte Gallery, Berlin, 1906-7.

"Exposition Witold Wojtkiewicz." Galerie E. Druet. Paris, 1907. [preface by André Gide]

"Symbolism in Polish Art: 1890-1914." DIA. Detroit, 1984, p.[?].

Domanska, B. Witold Wojtliewicz 1879-1909. Exh. cat., Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie. Krakow, 1989, vol.2, no .29, p. 47. [as Carrousel and in unknown location]

Bulletin of the DIA 65, no. 2-3. 1989, p. 15, fig. 10, repr.

Grabska Wallis, E. [Title?] Actes de la conférence l'Internalisation des Arts en Europe, Sorbonne I. 23 October 1992, pp[?].

Charazinska, E., et al. Witold Wojtliewicz 1879-1909, une fable polonaise. Exh. cat., Musée de Grenoble. Genoble, 2004, p. 37. [as Carrousel?; not in exhibition]