Stanislaw Frenkiel was a genius of the 20th century.
A figurative expressionist painter, a graphic artist and the author
of a series of important essays on art – his work is marked
by a passion for the magic which lies at the core of all great art.
Distortion, incongruity, ambiguity and paradox create in each
painting an unsettling world where love and death, joy and fear
dance recklessly through the short pageant of life.
this is not a dark expressionism. The dancers and the acrobats,
the butchers and the chefs, the freemasons, the prostitutes, the
doormen, waiters, magicians, charlatans, the masters of ceremony
– even the killers, all those who people his canvasses are
fired with euphoria, lit with a blissful energy and determined
to confound the lurking presence of death.