Igor Talwinski Paintings

Igor Talwinski Painting of a Ballerina

Igor Talwinski’s Painting of a Ballerina.

Within The Michael Aaron Gallagher Collection, the Igor Talwinski Exhibit features seven of the artist’s finest original oil paintings, along with two ballerina prints.

Born in Warsaw, Poland in 1907, Igor Talwinski became a soldier during World War II and was eventually captured by the German army. Following his release from a POW camp, he emigrated to France. It was in Paris, where his art began to recieve great notoriety.

Through the Looking Glass ballerina oil painting by Igor Talwinski

“Through the Looking Glass” ballerina oil painting by artist Igor Talwinski. Dated 1976.

For decades, Talwinski produced stunning portraits that were sold in prestigious auction houses and galleries worldwide, including Christie’s and Sotheby’s. In 1957, Talwinski’s portrait of Debutante of the Year, Henrietta Tiarks (now Henrietta Russell) appeared on the cover of the British publication The Tattler (Feb. 13, 1957). She would later go on to become the Duchess of Bedford and Marchioness of Tavistock, living for a time in the famed Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire, England.

As he became more prominent, Talwinski’s work was accepted into the highly respected annual exhibition called the Salon des artistes français presented by the Société des Artistes Français. According to their archives, he exhibited at the famous Salon in Paris in 1953-1960, 1964-1970, 1972, 1973, and 1975. Some of the paintings on display included,  “Nature Morte,” “Fleurs,” “Portrait d’une Femme,” “Femme nue,” “Tête d’une femme,” “Repos,” and “Laurence.” His work was also featured in exhibitions in London and New York.

“Ballerina in Repose.” Oil painting by Igor Talwinski

“Ballerina in Repose.” Oil painting by Igor Talwinski

In the 1970s, Igor Talwinski received the highest honors from the Council of Paris, the Silver Medal of Paris and the most prestigious award, the “Grand Vermeil,” which is given to significant political or cultural figures for his advancement of the arts. By the time of his death, in 1983, his work had become highly coveted by fine art collectors around the world.

Igor Talwinski ballerina print.

Igor Talwinski ballerina print.

Igor Talwinski print of a ballerina painting.

Igor Talwinski print of a ballerina painting.

Although Talwinski painted a variety of subjects, including a modern still life of flowers in a vase and numerous portraits, some of his most extraordinary paintings were ballerina portraits of his niece. As one of the most beautiful models in contemporary art, his niece was the subject of many of his paintings, including those in The Michael Aaron Gallagher Collection. Talwinski’s ballerina paintings continue to be Michael’s favorite examples from the dance genre on the art market today.

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