The ''Exhibition Jan Piotr Norblin. Sentimental Reporter'' will run until 11 December this year. The exhibition will feature as many as 125 works by one of the leading artists active in Poland in the second part of the XVIII century. It is worth taking the time to take a closer look at the times of the last king of Poland and to see for the first time works that were previously unknown or considered lost until recently.
Jean-Pierre (Jan Peter) Norblin de la Gourdaine was a painter, printmaker and draughtsman, born on 15 July 1745 in Misy-Faut-Yonne in Champagne. He is known to have been fascinated by the work of Antoine Watteau from a young age. He received his artistic education at the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture - the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris - and later at the Ecole Royale - the Royal School. Furthermore, he is known to have been active in Poland between 1774 and 1804, primarily as a protégé of the Czartoryski family. He later moved to Paris, where he continued to paint Polish landscapes based on sketches he brought with him. He also drew scenes of French street life and the Napoleonic Wars.
The painter's extensive oeuvre includes portraits, genre scenes depicting historical battles. Particularly noteworthy are his sketches of genre scenes depicting the life of Polish villages and towns at the end of the 18th century. Norblin's works were held in high esteem by King Stanisław August.
At the exhibition, the viewer will see a large cross-section of the artist's works: oils, gouaches, watercolours, ink drawings and etchings. It is worth noting that this is the first monographic exhibition of the artist's works organized by the Royal Castle in Warsaw. Norblin's works will be on display from 9 September to 11 December 2022. The Adam Mickiewicz Institute is a partner of the exhibition.
The event takes place in a late Baroque building, the Pod Blachą Palace. Located at the foot of the Royal Castle in Warsaw, it was rebuilt between 1720 and 1730 by Jakub Fontana, a Polish architect and builder of Italian origin.