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We celebrate this year, 2021, as it marks the passage of 130 years from the birth and 80 years from the death of Boleslaw Barbicki, a citizen of Nowy Sącz, an outstanding painter and social activist.

Boleslaw Barbacki was a child of the era in which Poland broke through into independence; he came into the world in Galicia; he grew up when the fate of Poland was being settled on the battlefields and in the diplomats’ cabinets; his social and artistic activity flourished in full in the period of Second Polish Republic, when Poles were finally given back their state and freedom after years of bondage. All of his life he remained closely connected with the city of Nowy Sącz.

I have taken the initiative to declare the year 2021 as "the Year of Boleslaw Barbacki" to express the need to commemorate his person, remarkably important in the history of Nowy Sącz and to inspire a series of initiatives aimed at perpetuating the memory of this great artist, patriot and activist in the minds of the young generation of Nowy Sącz.

Nowy SączLudomir Handzel

Bolesław Barbacki (1891–1941)

Boleslaw Barbacki is an exceptional individual: An artist, an educator, a man of theatre, an activist, a fervent patriot… a person, capable of simultaneously carrying out many artistic and social endeavors. He was a person gifted with talent, sensibility and artistic sensitivity, who never lived only for himself.

He painted over 800 pieces during his life. His works were presented at artistic salons of Kraków, Lviv and Warsaw.

All of his life he actively worked for the benefit of the local community of Nowy Sącz, his home town: He was the chairman of the “Sokół” Gimnastic Society, the founder of the Drama Society, the head of the Industrial Women's School, a drawing teacher and a book lover, committed to enriching libraries and creating archives.

On 17 September 1932 he was awarded the Medal of Independence for his effort in the work to regain freedom, and on 11 August 1937 he received the Gold Cross of Merit – a state decoration given to recognize services to the State or citizens; it was established as the highest civilian decoration, awarded to citizens who went beyond the call of duty in their work for the country and society.