The painting belongs to a series entitled The Image of Destruction, which was inspired by albums documenting the ruined post-war Wrocław. As Alain de Botton writes, even the most perfect forms of architecture will forever remain a fragile and imperfect – prone to destruction and morally unreliable – form of protest against the state of affairs. The Power of a Seemingly Simple Interior describes a fascination with ruins, which used to serve as one of the main determinants of Romantic aesthetics of pathos. The work contains an additional element in the form of the original, handmade palace wallpaper from the late 1800s.
photo: Małgorzata Kujda