Renowned Postwar and Contemporary Polish painter Teresa Pagowska (1926-2007) was notable for being one of the first post-war Polish female artists to explore figurative and intimate depictions of the female body. Painting female nudes, fruit, coastal landscapes, and animals in oil and tempera, her work often verged into abstraction and betray her close study of the female form. One of the most celebrated post-war Polish artists, her work is associated with Réalités Nouvelles (New Realism), “Colorism”, Expressionism, and the Nouvelle Ecole de Paris. Pagowska took inspiration from her dreams, and her work is distinguished by the simplicity of forms, her vibrant and sensitive use of color, and the reflection of psychological and emotional tensions in the figures.
In 1955 Pagowska participated in Warsaw’s Arsenal show, PRZECIW WOJNIE, PRZECIW FASZYZMOWI / AGAINST WAR, AGAINST FASCISM, which gained notoriety as one of the first rebellions against the obligatory Social Realism of Stalin. Pagowska was shown at the 1961 Museum of Modern Art Show, Fifteen Polish Painters, in New York. She has exhibited globally, including in Paris, Venice, Florence, Edinburgh, Berlin, New York, Chicago, Warsaw, and Krakow. Her work can be found in the collections of the Starak Foundation, Warsaw, Poland.