It was to this young deceased artist that Ficowski owed one of these “primal adventures in imagination,” but also a lasting fascination. He dedicated one of his poems to Wojtkiewicz, and later an entire book, in which he talks about the artist’s life, writing, paintings and the characters inhabiting those paintings, creatures “cast into helplessness of orphanhood.”
Photo by Janusz Plewniak

Photo by Janusz Plewniak

Witold Wojtkiewicz (1879-1909) was one of Ficowski’s “Three Magi”, his artistic masters. Other than paintings and engravings, the artist left little material for researchers. Like he had done with Schulz, Ficowski gathered Wojtkiewicz’s surviving manuscripts and knowledge about his life. Both are presented in W sierocińcu świata (In the World’s Orphanage), a book that was later renewed as the Witold Wojtkiewicz Album. It contains satirical feuilletons signed with the artist’s pseudonym “Wit-Woj”, his letters, reproductions of his works and Ficowski’s essays devoted to each of them. Ficowski’s poem Zmierzch o świcie (Dusk at Dawn) was an attempt to convey the “hallucinatory suggestiveness” of those paintings.
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Fundacja im. Jerzego Ficowskiego