The first floor of the villa hosts an exhibition presenting Julian Falat’s paintings and art collections.
The works put on display include oil paintings, watercolour and lithographic compositions presenting hunting themes in the form direct accounts or reminiscences of hunting in Nieśwież or Hubetrusstock. These are painted records of various events such as battue, stalking the game, the return of hunters with trophies or hunters’ resting by the fire. The most interesting piece of work is the oil painting on canvas from 1888 presenting Hunting a bear with cubs painted under the influence of events taking place during the artist’s stay in Nieśwież where he participated in great winter hunting in the forests of Poleski National Park, organized by duke Antoni Radziwiłł for duke Wilhelm Hohenzollern, the future German emperor.
We may see watercolour compositions created during the 14 years when the artist was the principal of the School, and then the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, presenting Cracovian ladies in front of the mirror from 1903 and the city landscape of Kraków from 1896; numerous images of landscape painted while travelling and staying in Austria, Slovenia and Toruń; the views of backwaters in Osiek where the artist would frequently visit Gabriela and Oskar Rudzińscy.
The alpine theme is present in the panoramas of the Tatras, synthetic representations of spurs as well as summer and winter landscapes of the Beskids, including those of Bystra being so dear to him. It is worth paying attention to the watercolour painting from 1911 called Swollen brook after the flood as well as a large-format composition made in watercolours in 1915, presenting Blossoming orchards in Bystra or a watercolour painting made five years earlier with gouache paints, on an ochre cardboard background, presenting beech trees growing on the escarpment just above Julian Falat’s Museum. Apart from those, one should also indicate the compositions with a brook winding and spilling through snow-covered fields in winter or ochre, thawing meadows in spring.
Among the artist’s works there are also numerous self-portraits and portraits of a generic nature. Those include images of the Tatras highlanders from Poronin and Zakopane, a forester, Grzyb, from Bystra, the artist’s young neighbour, Ms Smolkowa, Hucul, a young Jew engrossed in reading and of many others. His paintings are complemented by portraits made with pencil and genre scenes.
One of the rooms has been arranged as the master’s last workshop with his easels, a table for his painting tools and a hand luggage which he would always take with him on numerous trips and local excursions.
His passion for collecting art is proved by the collections of the 18th - and 19th-century sculptures presenting religious themes and graphics of the then contemporary artists, including Jan Kanty Gumowski, Władysław Lam, Ignacy Pinkas or a painter from Opava, Adolf Zdrazili. All of this is complemented by the authentic furniture and everyday objects coming from the artist’s house.
Enlarged photographs showing the first exhibition of the artist’s works from 1973 in the specifically arranged interior of Julian Falat’s Museum creates a link with the exhibition held in the museum 40 years before. The posters and placards from 1959-2003 showing the undertakings related to the subsequent anniversaries celebrated at Julian Falat’s Museum testify to many years of constant care taken by the Bielsko museum workers for the legacy of the master of watercolour painting and popularization of his life and work.