Margit Sielska-Reich (Ukrainian: Марія Сельська, born 26 May 1900 Kolomyja – 3 February 1980 Lviv) was a Polish-Ukrainian painter who worked in Lviv.

Painter Margit Sielska-Reich visiting the exhibition of Lviv artists and the Association of Polish Graphic Artists “Rhythm” at the Institute of Art Propaganda in Warsaw in February 1939. (Source)

The daughter of Laura and Isaak Reich, she began studying painting at the Free Academy of Fine Arts in Lviv with Leonard Podhorodecki, Feliks Michał Wygrzywalski and Edward Pietsch.[3] From 1920 to 1922, she continued her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków with Ignacy Pieńkowski , Władysław Jarocki and Henryk Kunzek. From 1925, she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and then in Paris in the studios of Fernand Léger and Amédée Ozenfant. Léger’s works in particular influenced her painting. In Paris, she met her future husband, a Lviv painter, Roman Sielski. In 1929, she returned with him to Lviv. Together with Roman, she was a co-founder of the Association of Artists and Designers ” artes “. From 1930 to 1932, they participated in twelve exhibitions in Lviv, Tarnopol, Stanisławów, Warsaw, Kraków and Łódź.

The influence of surrealism appeared in her paintings. She collaborated with the left-wing monthly ” Sygnały “. In 1937, she visited Paris again. She spent the period of World War 2 in Lviv. In 1942 she was arrested by the Gestapo, with her father and brother and his wife, and was taken to the Lviv ghetto.[4] She survived hiding in the studio of the painter Sascha Wynnytzky .

After the Second World War, she stayed with her husband in Lviv. She became a member of the art group Tow, and took part in exhibitions in Lviv, Kiev and Moscow, most of them being portraits and natural landscapes. Most of her works are in Lviv in museums and private collections. Upon her death she was buried in Lyczakowski Cemetery. (Source)

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