Feliks TOPOLSKI 1907 - 1989
Born in Poland in 1907, Feliks Topolski studied at the Warsaw Academy of Art and in 1935 he moved to Britain in order to continue his artistic career. In 1939, his work was brought to a wide audience in the UK due to his illustrations for the George Bernard Shaw play In Good King Charles's Golden Days. During World War Two, Topolski was an official war artist, and gained British citizenship in 1947. The ink sketch Review of Polish Forces is likely an example of his work from this time, in a medium both practical and one Topolski was comfortable using. After the war, Topolski continued to disseminate his work, privately publishing Topolski's Chronicles between 1953-79. These Chronicles focused on Topolski's personal experiences of the world around him, and have also received wider acclaim as an intriguing personal outlook on nearly thirty years of world history.