Art: Adventurer in Poland

Throughout its history Poland has been ravaged by war, crushed by invaders, enslaved by dictators, has even disappeared as conquerors' booty. But the Poles are one of the world's most individualistic peoples, have always broken through their bonds to reassert themselves as men and as a nation. Today, under the regime of Wladyslaw Gomulka, Polish artists have burst irrepressibly from their cellars in an outpouring of expressionist and abstract canvases just as if a dozen years of Nazi and Stalinist suppression had never been.

Gomulka, seeking an uneasy balance between Communist orthodoxy and his...

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