Feliks Topolski: artist notes on 'Memoir of the Century' - 1 Childhood
Irresistibly I wanted to begin the 'Memoir' with the century, possibly in an attempt to carry it, according to its title, to the year 2000. And so it has the elements of my parents' origins - religious/nationalist traditions - from which they recoiled; their crushed socialist/patriotic revolution of 1905 (my father imprisoned), but also a modicum of my mother's compensatory victory in defeat - the birth of a child. All this is there, hidden in painterly allusions.

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