CAZIEL 1906-1988


Pastel on paper
65cm x 54.5cm
25½”x 21½”
Pastel on paper
37cm x 59cm
14½” x 23¼”

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Caziel 1906-1988

Caziel (Kazimierz Józef Zielenkiewicz) was a Polish artist who lived and worked in Paris during the inter-war period, working alongside a number of important figures of the School of Paris.

Following studies at Warsaw Academy of Arts, Caziel went to Italy and then France, where after Liberation, he settled in Aix-en-Provence (the centre of the milieu of Cézanne).

In 1946 Caziel moved to Paris, where, in the same year, he designed the Polish Pavilion for the UNESCO International Exhibition of Modern Art.

Caziel developed an individual and colourful form of cubist abstraction. He was friends with Pablo Picasso who introduced him to the great modernists Le Corbusier and Brancusi. In Paris, Caziel first exhibited at the Galerie Allard (1947), then with Bernheim Jeune (1948) and at the Salon de Mai (1948–56).

During the 1950s, Caziel’s paintings evolved into rigorous geometrical patterns, anticipating his pure abstract works of the 1960s.

In 1952, while married to the painter Lutka Pink, Caziel met Catherine Sinclair, the eldest daughter of Sir Archibald Sinclair (ex secretary of State for Air during the war under Winston Churchill). His divorce from Lutka came five years later and then he married Catherine.

In 1966 and 1968 Caziel had two successful solo exhibitions at the Grabowski Gallery in London, and exhibited work at the Royal Academy of Arts.

In 1969 he moved to Somerset and was naturalised as British citizen in 1975. In Somerset, during the last years of his life, Caziel continue to explore Abstraction until his death in 1988. He believed in the healing power of art and therefore in its value to mankind. His remarkable legacy of paintings and drawings is a testament to his belief.