Wojciech Korfanty, 1925
(collection of The National Digital Archives)

Korfanty’s portrait painted by Witkacy
"A more characteristic portrait, without a trace of caricature. More stroke-like execution, which does not preclude ‘prettiness’, especially in the case of female portraits. Objective approach to the model" – this is a note on B type portraits in the Regulations of Witkacy’s portrait company. At the time, it cost PLN 250. …..T.B+E - type B + E means portrait of type B, however, it is the so-called child’s portrait (given children’s liveliness), which means that Korfanty was most probably impatient when posing and fidgeted like a child
(collection of the Museum of the History of Katowice)

Korfanty, march for piano op. 299
by Hipolit Brzeziński. 1920s
(collection of the Silesian Library in Katowice)
Korfanty, march for piano op. 299
by Hipolit Brzeziński. 1920s
(collection of the Silesian Library in Katowice)
Paris 1915
(collection of the Bibliotheque nationale de France)
Korfanty’s business card
(collection of the Museum of the History of Katowice)
Medallion with Wojciech Korfanty’s portrait, 1922
(collection of the City Museum in Siemianowice Śląskie, photo: A. Waliczek)
A scan of a fragment of an article from The New York Times
June 1921
Stanisław Lentz’s drawing
depicting Korfanty
(collection of the National Library)

Silesian, Pole, European

Korfanty become a legend already in his lifetime. He loved music, nature, and philosophy. He spoke foreign languages. Adolf Nowaczyński wrote about him: ‘…in fact, he feels best in his own library, where he reads for hours, armed with strong glasses. Saint Thomas à Kempis, Saint Augustine, indeed, the Fathers of the Church, indeed, but also Mauriac, and Maurois, and Maritain. He loves music, and the beauty of nature speaks to the pride of this strong man, who had been, however, let down by people, failed by so many, and experienced so much black ingratitude.’ His personal tragedy as a politician was that although he represented a perfectly modern model of statesman, he usually had to settle for the role of an opposition activist, which was fruitless for him. The conflicting emotions he inspired were caused by the lack of acceptance for his methods and forms of political actions, which usually were more progressive than the patterns fixed in the mentality of his contemporaries. At the conference dedicated to the 130th anniversary of the birth of this great Silesian, Stanisław Gebhardt, a long-time activist of the World Christian Democratic Union, said: ‘Looking at the life of Wojciech Korfanty, his unquestionable achievements and the entirety of the work he did for Poland, we need to salute him with the highest regard and learn more about the foundations of his activities, the way he assessed reality, his work methods and his ability to make decisions. These foundations included Christian principles, adequate analysis of reality, needs, and capabilities, defining goals, which always took into consideration a person living in the society, as well as taking decisions that were appropriate for the defined goal. Korfanty’s proposals, devoid of effusive phrases, could ensure the harmonious economic development of the country with the participation of the society.’