Want to know more about the paintingfor $100 and sold in Virginia for $250? On the back of the artwork was a brief biography of the artist, Maria Ginter. It appears to have been written for an exhibit sponsored by the . Here's a photograph of the bio (transcript to follow):
Determined to make her way to the United States, the artist left her native Poland five years ago. Naturally, she made it, for determination is one of Maria Ginter's most outstanding qualities. In happier, prewar days, that determination enabled her to become one of Poland's foremost horse women as well as its ski- and tennis champions.
Besides her many interests and success in varied sports, she also dedicated herself to writing poetry and novels. One of them -- her memoirs-- was published three years ago in London and titled "Life in Both Hands".
When her country was overrun by the Germans, Maria Ginter joined the Polish Underground and eventually ended up in a Nazi prison where the only outlet for her creative urge was to model miniature horses from her meager bread ration, which led her into the field of sculpture.
After the armistice, Maria devoted herself seriously to art. Years of study and experimentation brought a one-man show of her paintings in Warsaw which met with great local acclaim. She then decided to show her work in the art centers of the world. The first and most difficult obstacle to her dream had thus been hurdled.
Triumphant one-man shows in England, France, and North Africa were further milestones on her road to America. They not only brought her the indispensable sales but also showered her with rave notices which extelled [sic] her sense of artistry, the sureness of her touch and the novelty of her technique.
En route to the United States, Maria Ginter had a one man show on H/s Leonardo da Vinci. Upon arriving in N.Y. all but 24 works had been sold. Tasca Gallery bought them outright and gave her a one man show at its Madison Avenue gallery in New York. During the past 5 years, Maria Ginter exhibited her paintings in Dallas, Chicago, Windsor, Detroit, St. Catherine's, Toronto, Bloomfield Hills, Ottawa and Montreal.
The Polish Institute of Art and Sciences has the honor to present Maria Ginter's paintings on June 20th, 1967.