Aleksander Zyw (1905–1995) can be seen as a quintessentially European artist. His roots start in Poland, living in France, Britain and Italy, exhibiting in them all during his career. Taking his early Impressionist landscapes as a start, we see him as an artist changed by war. In the horrors he witnessed as a soldier, but more devastatingly in the horrors which befell his family and homeland. His art turned inward to express these pains. His abstract works of the 1950s explore the human psyche and worlds beyond the reach of our vision. In the later period of Zyw's career saw him become contemplative; turning his efforts to studying the ethereal qualities of nature in minute detail. He is one of the finest emigre painters to emerge from Poland in the twentieth century.