Aleksander Gierymski: Boy Carrying a Shaft

Boy Carrying a Shaft: Aleksander Gierymski

Boy Carrying a Shaft is an 1895 painting by Polish artist Aleksander Gierymski. It is located in the National Museum in Wroclaw, Poland.

Analysis of Boy Carrying a Shaft

Aleksander Gierymski is seen as both a Realist and an Impressionist painter and in Boy Carrying a Shaft seems to straddle the boundaries between both. The boy is realistically drawn and painted with natural colors in the costume and face which exhibits a sternness that perhaps indicates a social challenge.

Gierymski did not shy from painting humble subject matter. There is also an impressionistic taste – in the shaft and the landscape, the painter shows a light falling of various colors, which tells us of the painter’s concern with perception and a sense of the magic in the humble.

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