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EssayDarek Pala

By Wojciech Tuleya

Vase Number 1

The first vase was red. It hopped off Pala’s brush in a moment of irritation. He had originally painted a typical café scene on the 60x73 cm canvas. He remade it several times, but wasn’t satisfied. Finally he painted over the whole canvas and drew the simple shape of a vase in the middle. And suddenly everything fell into place, and thus the first painting without a story appeared in Pala’s studio.

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Vases are closest to the definition of a painting according to the Polish Colourists. However, Pala saturates them with emotions which do not normally go with the art of flower arrangement. His vases are rudimentary, archaic, brutal. They bear witness both to the struggle with material, so precious to Colourists, and to the painters unfailing knack for finding a colouristic punchline.