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Feliks Topolski (1907-1989)
Feliks Topolski (1907-1989)

Road of War

Feliks Topolski (1907-1989)
Road of War
signed and dated 'Topolski 45' (lower right) and inscribed 'Viva il Re!' (lower left)
oil on canvas
25 x 30 in. (63.5 x 76.2 cm.)
Sylvia Hanower, Westow Hall, Yorkshire and by descent to the present owner.
F. Topolski & M. Collins (intro.), Three Continents 1944-45: England, Mediterranean Convoy, Egypt, East Africa, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, India, Burma Front, China, Italian Campaign, Germany Defeated, London, 1946, p. 187, illustrated.

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Topolski went on a tour of the war fronts between 1944-1945. He travelled as far as China and saw Burma, India, Palestine, Africa, Egypt, Syria and Italy before witnessing the end of the war in Germany. The present work is based on scenes he witnessed in 1944 when he was accompanying the Polish 2nd Corps in Italy. He completed his paintings in the studio either from notes or from memory.

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