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Born in Warsaw, Fangor received an unconventional artistic training during World War II, when all Polish art schools were closed. After the Communist party took control in Poland, Fangor attempted to conform to Socialist Realism, the officially recognized style, but once cultural policy was liberalized in the mid-1950s, he began to experiment with spatial illusion in his painting. In 1962 Fangor made his first visit to the United States. Paintings such as M40—1967, with its carefully brushed zones of gradated color, reflect the influence of contemporary American paintings, especially the color field paintings of Kenneth Noland and Morris Louis. Fangor immigrated to the U. S. in 1966, but in 1999 he returned to Poland.

Wojciech Fangor
Polish, 1922–2015
Oil on canvas
70 1/8 x 60 1/8 in. (178.1 x 152.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Lynton K. Caldwell, 86.26

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