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Fryderyka Frankowska Dolls

Click the link, above, for Wikipedia info on Fryderyka Frankowska

Sue restored two Frankowska dolls. Below, are before and after photos. Super!








The doll on the right has what appears to be buttons for hair. Very unusual!

Sue provided the following info: With the outbreak of WWI, Frankowska returned to Paris and began studies at the "avant garde" Academie de la Palette, which as such notable alumnis Marie Vassilieff, who not only opened her own atelier Academie Russe (later named Academie Vassilieff), which housed the infamous canteen that was the meeting place of famous artists, Matissee, Picasso, Braque, et. al. that she is most remembered for. Marie Vassilieff was also a doll maker and painter, and was a part of the creative community of Montparnasse. She also met Konstanty Brandl, a Symbolist printmaker. 


It is worth noting Frankowska belonged to a group of artists who participated in the Salon d'Automne, as well as participating in exhibitions of the Polish artists in Paris. In 1922, she is said to have exhibitied in, at the Musee Crillon, which was not well received by the French due to the group of artists called Formists. Formism was an avant garde movement 1917-1918 that saw an absolute break with the past and a rebirth of Polish art, basically, experimental art.


After 1930, Frankowska withdrew from the Paris art world and moved to Aix-en-Provence to live with her daughter, Tamara.


About the dolls:

Both dolls have the signed foot. The doll with brown hair came with a replaced and faded dress, and Edna kindly sent Sue a picture of a group of Frankowska dolls (see first photo) so Sue could see what they wore. This doll has replaced dress, new underwear, socks, shoes and hat. The flowers are added due to stained and broken wrist.

In art terms, this doll does not "engage the view"; she has been made to look elsewhere. 


The red haired doll came later. Michael kindly scanned and reprinted the silk which looked good, but will have to be done again as the color needs to be much brighter. Since a previous owner cut her hair, it was redone, using the few strands that was left to match the color. This doll had her original underwear, which comprised a "teddy" and petticoat with ribbon roses to fasten. All the sewing was originally done by hand, which is amazing to see. 


Sue included a photo of the head she recently purchased, not claiming it to be Frankowska because it did not have a body. Clearly, whoever made the head was part of the same group Frankowska belonged to. Not being an art historian, it is Surreal or Cubist, or both!


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