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Janina Konarska-Słonimska

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameJanina•Konarska-Słonimska (Seideman-)
Used nameJanina•Konarska-Słonimska
Born30 April 1900 in Łódź, Łódzkie (POL)
Died9 June 1975 in Warszawa (Warsaw), Mazowieckie (POL)
NOC Poland

Biography

Janina Konarska-Słonimska was a Polish graphic artist and sculptor. She came from a wealthy industrialist family named Seideman. After studying in Warszawa she officially took on her professional name of Konarska in 1924. Her Jewish family converted to Catholicism and changed their name accordingly. During the Polish-Bolshevik war, she was a nurse tending wounded soldiers. In the following years, she studied painting at the School of Fine Arts in Warszawa (Warsaw). There, she became a prominent figure of the local art scene and was one of the founders of the group “Ryt”.

Konarska’s favorite technique was color woodcut, but she also painted landscapes and illustrated books. She successfully exhibited her works, which emphasized saints and animals. She then joined the Skamander artists’ group, where she was admired for her intelligence and beauty. In 1934 Konarska married the Polish poet and writer Antoni Słonimski, another member of the group, while Janina gradually withdrew from artistic activity. After eight years in exile in Paris and London during World War II, she returned to Poland concentrating on book illustrations. Her colored woodcut Stadium was honored with the silver medal in the category Graphic Arts within the 1932 Los Angeles Art Competitions. She also submitted another woodcut called Ski.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Art Competitions POL Janina Konarska-Słonimska
Painting, Graphic Arts, Open (Olympic) 2 Silver
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC