Józef Wilkoń is one of the greatest Polish artists in the field of illustration.
The artist most often portrays animals and nature in fast and decisive brush strokes. His illustrations are realistic, they do not embellish nor idealise nature. Wilkoń is rarely interested in humans, but the psychological portraits of animals created by him are essentially portraits of people. Using animals as metaphors, much can be said about people. However, Wilkoń warns about one important principle:
I never use animal characters in accordance with La Fontaine’s tradition. I never use them to represent a particular human quality, especially a negative one.
Framed at Art for Arts Sake in London in a dark wood.