One of the preliminary versions of Władysław Podkowiński’s “Frenzy of Exultation” has a new owner. The painting was auctioned off during the Sunday auction in Warsaw, and the buyer will pay over two million zlotys. The work shows a naked red-haired woman on a maddened black horse.
The canvas from 1893, which was auctioned at the Agra Art Auction House, is one of the six preliminary versions of Podkowiński’s “Frenzy of exultation” that have survived to this day. The auction of the work, 62.2 x 53.2 cm in size, started at PLN 450,000. Completed at a million and 830 thousand. After adding the auction fee, the new buyer will pay PLN 2 million and PLN 196 thousand for the work.
The final version of “Frenzy of Exultations” (310 x 275 cm), currently at the National Museum in Krakow, caused a loud scandal in the past. When it was first staged in 1894 in Zachęta, many viewers considered the work obscene. Young artists called them a manifesto of symbolic art. Podkowiński cut his work in front of the audience, but it was quickly repaired.
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Main photo source: Jerzy Undro / PAP