Abstract Expression | Maria Malczewska-Bernhardt

The Polish-German artist Maria Malczewska-Bernhardt, featured in the October 2013 issue of Pastel Journal, is a skilled technician capable of painting breathtaking realism in pastel, but she has also been interested in painting nonrepresentationally. The following pastels are abstractions, or in the artist’s words, “expressions.” They stand in contrast to her highly realistic fabric paintings with imagery that is freer and brushwork that is more gestural. To see examples of her more realistic work, check out the feature, “Above the Fold” by Kai Artinger in the October issue available here.

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Untitled (pastel; 80×60 cm) by Maria Malczewska-Bernhardt from the cycle, “Ethiudes”

 

 

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Untitled VI (pastel, 70×60 cm) by Maria Malczewska-Bernhardt from the cycle, “Expressions”

Untitled V

Untitled V (pastel, 89×60 cm) by Maria Malczewska-Bernhardt from the cycle, “Expressions”

Untitled II

Untitled II (pastel, 89×60 cm) by Maria Malczewska-Bernhardt from the cycle, “Ethiudes”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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