Tadeusz Potworowski is one of those artists whose work, hidden away for half a century, continues to provoke enthusiasm among young artists, not only acting as an inspiration but also as a reference point, a model they draw upon in their own explorations of a contemporary approach to the motif of the landscape.
Potworowski began his artistic education in 1921 at the Warsaw school of Konrad Krzyżanowski, where he was a student of Adam Rychtarski. By the following year he was already a student of Józef Pankiewicz at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. Pankiewicz incorporated Potworowski in the group of students who, under his patronage and with his guidance, would come to constitute the Paris Committee (a.k.a. the Capists). The group's name came from its members' main aim of traveling to Paris and continuing their studies there in direct contact with the French tradition in painting. Core members included Jan Cybis, responsible for the group's artistic program, Józef Czapski, Artur Nacht (known as Nacht-Samborski after World War II), Hanna Rudzka-Cybisowa, and Zygmunt Waliszewski. Their aim was realized in 1924 when the young painters found their way to the French capital where they would spend the next few years of their lives. Potworowski took full advantage of the visit, engaging in a range of beneficial and highly varied activities. He was a frequent visitor to the studio of Léger and saw a lot of painting. In studying early painting he was excited by Rembrandt, copied the paintings of Delacroix and Corot, and fell under the influence of the works of Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, and Braque. He traveled extensively, primarily in France (while at La Ciotat he visited with Eugeniusz Eibisch and Nacht among others), though he also managed to sail along the North African coast (during a six month voyage he docked at Algerian, Moroccan, and Tunisian ports among others). Back in France, he began to break out of the mindset that Cybis sought to impose on his colleagues and decided to exhibit independently (among other ways by taking part in the 38th Salon des Independents in 1927). In 1928 and 1929 Potworowski spent time in Great Britain and returned to Poland shortly thereafter (1930). He sought isolation by settling in areas far away from the country's artistic centers, initially in the small village of Rudki, then in Grebanin near Kępno in the region of Great Poland. He stayed in touch with his friends who were painters, some of whom visited often (the most frequent being Waclaw Taranczewski and Juliusz Strzalecki). Both his experiences while traveling and his discussions with friends inspired him to work extensively: he painted a lot and exhibited frequently.