Sketch for 'Knossos'

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This painting was probably acquired following a retrospective one man show at the University in 1982. Another of the artist's works, a drawing of 'Clio' was donated to the University in 2001. Henryk Gotlib was born in Cracow, Poland in 1890 and studied at the Academy of Fine Art in Cracow, later in Munich, Amsterdam and Paris. He had his first exhibition in Warsaw in 1918. He travelled extensively before coming to England in 1939 to paint in Cornwall, where, caught by the war, he settled for good. In 1940 he painted the middle part of a large Polish triptych, 'Christ in Warsaw' – now in the national Museum of Warsaw. In 1941 this was exhibited at the Leger Galelr in London, prompting the offer of membership of the London Group. He continued to exhibit regularly in London and other parts of the UK.

University of Surrey



Sketch for 'Knossos'


mixed media on paper


H 96.5 x W 59.8 cm

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purchased for the University, 1980s

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