Stefan Mrożewski (1894–1975), graphic artist and painter, was born in Częstochowa and died in Walnut Creek, CA. The PMA has forty of Mrożewski’s graphics from various cycles of his creativity. The earliest works emerged in Amsterdam in 1933–1934 (Kolk in Amsterdam, Church of St. John in Poznań, and The Last Judgement); and in the following years, there appeared a portrait of H. G. Wells (1936) exhibited at the New York World’s Fair; posters from the series, “Legends of Warsaw” (1937–1938); three illustrations of The Divine Comedy, produced during the war; graphics from the series on “Saints, Blessed and Holy” (1963); and from the portfolio, “Ghetto of Warsaw” (1954–1956).
Art of Stefan Mrożewski
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.