February 28th, 2009

Jacek Malczewski (1854-1929)





The other day I found a Russian Live Journal, that of sensen, with an arresting display of art by a guy with a Polish name only slightly different from mine: Jacek Malczewski. His paintings here are entitled “Death of Ellenai, 1907.”





Now, my name in Polish, before it was slightly Americanized, is Janek Palczewski. How could I not be intrigued? A few mouse clicks brought up a wealth of information, which I’ve put beneath the cut.

BTW, full disclosure. I'm a quarter Polish (paternal grandfather, Casimir Palczewski), a quarter German (paternal grandmother, Josephine Hoffmann), and half Irish (mother, Elizabeth Jean Joyce).

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