Felix Topolski was born August 14 1907. He studied in the Warsaw Academy of Art and trained as an artillery officer. Later he moved to work in Italy and France and eventually moved to UK in 1935 and founded a studio near Waterloo where there is still a free permanent exhibition which chronicles the twentieth century. He married twice, first to Marian Everall and then Caryl J. Stanley.
During the Second World War, Topolski became an official war artist and painted scenes of the Battle of Britain and other battlefields. After the war he made a celebrated painting about the first meeting of the United Nations. He gained British citizenship in 1947.
Topolski painted number of portraits of contemporaries, including the authors H.G. Wells, Graham Greene, John Mortimer and Evelyn Waugh, and politicians Harold Macmillan and Aneurin Bevan, He also painted a number of murals, contributed to BBC programs and designed theatrical sets.
Topolski's Brush with the United Nations: Gallery Owner John Martin Appeals to Readers to Help Identify Figures in a Significant Work 'The Opening Session of the United Nations' by the Twentieth-Century Artist Feliks Topolski
Aug 01, 2004; FELIKS topolski (1907-89) HAS A UNIQUE PLACE in twentieth-century art. He was driven by a need to record the significant...