Jósef Chelmonskí: Storks

Storks: Jósef Chelmonskí

Storks is a 1900 realist painting by Polish artist Jósef Chelmonskí. It is in the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland.

Analysis of Chelmonskí’s Storks

Chelmonskí came to be associated with an artistic movement known as Polish Patriotic Painting, at a time when the Polish territories did not have independence. Here perhaps a father and son in peasant dress look to the sky to see a flock of storks flying overhead.

There is a pitiful contrast between the hard and laborious life of the peasant and the complete freedom of the birds. Maybe this is a reference to the contemporary status of the Polish land and the hope for a self-sufficient future.


Storks are large wading birds belonging to the family Ciconiidae. Storks are known for their long legs, necks, and bills, and many species are migratory. They are found on every continent except Antarctica, with the highest diversity occurring in tropical and subtropical regions.

Storks are culturally significant in various societies and are often associated with symbols of fertility, birth, and good luck.

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