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 Krakau | ....tempera cena 1000 | Towarzystwo Przyjacjól Sztuk Pieknych w K [rakowie]
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)
Exposition Witold Wojtkiewicz. Exh. cat., Galerie E. Druet. Paris, 1907, n.p., cat. 1 [preface by André Gide].

Pieńkowski, S. "Witold Wojtkiewicz," KtosY: Miesięcznik illustrowany poświęcony szutkom plastycznym, teatrowi, muzyce i literaturze, 1, 6 (May 1914): (ill. on cover).

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

Ficowski, J. W sierocińcu świata: Rzecz o Witoldzie Wojtkiewiczu. Warsaw, 1993, p. 71, (ill. on the cover).

Ficowski, J. Witold Wojtkiewicz. Łowicz, 1996, p. 52, 201 (ill.).

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

Grabska , E. “Lʼarrière-garde de lʼavant-garde: la colonie artistique polonaise à Paris 1905-1914,” in Gérard Monnier and José Vovelle, eds., Un art sans frontiers:
L’internationalisation des arts en Europe (1900-1950). Paris, 1995, pp. 79-93 (ill.).

Juszczak, W. Wojtkiewicz i nowa sztuka. Warsaw, 1965; Kraków, 2000, p. 112 (ill.).

Kossowska, I. “Akwarele, pastele, rysunki, litografie,” in Elżbieta Charazińska et al., Ceremonie: Witold Wojtkiewicz 1879–1909. Exh. cat., Muzeum Narodowe. Warsaw, 2004, p. 113, under no. 37.

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

Chudzicka, D. “Reconsidering Witold Wojtkiewicz’s Pentecost Holiday Fair near Kraków,” Bulletin of the DIA 95, no. 1 (2021): pp. 40-51; (ill. fig. 1), p. 40; (details figs. 7-9) p. 45; (fig. 10), p. 46 [label from back].