Michał Rekucki (1884–1971), painter and sculptor, was born in Nowy Targ, Podhale, and died in Krakow, however, his most creative period was between the wars in Chicago. The PMA possesses about thirty of this artist’s works, some of which were gifts from the artist, and some which were given by others. The portraits are drawings, oil paintings and sculptures. Three of the landscapes are of mountains (one depicts the pond Morskie Oko /Eye of the Sea/ in the Carpathian Mountains). There is a painting of the destroyer ORP “Błyskawica” (Lightning). Among the portraits is one of PRCUA’s President, Joseph L. Kania (canvas, oil); another of the first Director/Curator of the Museum, Miecislaus Haiman (paper, chalk); and of Casimir Pulaski (oil). There are two small sculptures, busts of Highlanders (plaster of Paris).
Art of Michał Rekucki
Initially, the Museum of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America was focused chiefly on the gathering of historical materials, but changed its profile in 1941when it came into possession of exhibits from the Polish Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair of 1939–1940. Paintings, graphics, sculptures, and objects of artistic craftsmanship were a significant component of this exposition. Their arrival began the collection of art, which expanded systematically by way of purchases and donations. At present, they may be separated into several large groups: the above-mentioned exhibits from the New York World’s Fair of 1939–1940; the paintings and graphics of the People’s Republic of Poland; Polish posters of the 20th century; and the art of individuals whose work consists of 20 or more creations each: Władysław T. Benda, Marian Kratochwil, Stefan Mrożewski, Michał Rekucki, and Maria Werten.