Jòsef Halas



ISBN: 9782370742100 Category:


The first monograph in English on a major Polish painter.

Józef Halas (1927-2015) is one of the major Polish painters of his generation. Active in Wroclaw from 1949 until his death, first as a student and then as an artist and teacher, he left a unique body of work that, like many of those built largely during the Cold War, remained long unrecognized in Western Europe and North America. The Mountain series, which occupied most of his activity during the 1960s, marks both a strong connection with nature and a distance from the landscape painting tradition. The following series, Oppositions, Partitions, Verticals, Obliques, Levels and Interiors, constitute the pinnacle of his production and testify to a poetics of contradiction which is embodied in multiple and successful ways. The Pocket Gouaches, begun in the late 1970s, reveal an artist who has always remained open to experimentation. For a decade, the history of art has fortunately opened its field of investigation, modernity has become plural and its actors have become more numerous. There is no doubt that Józef Halas must now be counted as one of the important players in this global history. This monograph, with texts by Michel Gauthier, curator at the Centre Pompidou, Magdalena Howorus-Czajka, professor at the University of Gdansk, and Marjolaine Lévy, art critic, aims to contribute to the knowledge of Halas’s work beyond Poland and by placing it in an international context.

Additional information

Weight 996 g
Dimensions 24.4 x 28 cm
Publisher name Editions Skira Paris
Publication date 18 March 2024
Number of pages 144
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by Marjolaine Lévy, Michel Gauthier, and Magdalena Howorus-Czajka
Dimensions 24.4 x 28 cm
Weight 996 g


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Jòsef Halas”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Marjolaine Lévy is an art critic and professor of history and theory of art and graphic design at the École Européenne Supérieure d'Art de Bretagne (Rennes).

Michel Gauthier is a curator at the Centre Pompidou. Magdalena Howorus-Czajka is professor at the University of Gdansk.