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Axentowicz, Theodor / Girl in a fur

undated

pastel, cardboard, 99 × 70 cm

posthumous estate donation in 2020

Theodor Axentowicz was a Polish-Armenian painter who was known mainly for his portraits and his depictions of the lives of the Hutsuls, an ethnic group that lived in the Carpathian region of what is now Romania and Ukraine. These include a pastel drawing that the gallery acquired as a posthumous donation in 2020. The piece shows Axentowicz’s skilled work with lines; as a portraitist first and foremost, his attention focuses on the face of the girl depicted in the work, and the jug she is holding is also brilliantly depicted. The background (including the standing male figures) is relatively sparsely depicted, and is clearly of secondary importance to the main figure. This pastel is the first work by Theodor Axentowicz to feature in the gallery’s collections.

AXENTOWICZ THEODOR

(1859–1938) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich (1879–1882). He later moved to Paris, where he continued his studies and worked as an illustrator for Le Monde Illustré. In 1894 he had the opportunity to collaborate with Wojciech Kossak and Jan Styka in creating one of the largest canvases in the history of Polish art, the Racławice Panorama, measuring an impressive 15 × 114 m. This was a patriotic project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Polish army’s victory over Russian forces in 1794. From 1895 Axentowicz taught at the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts. He was renowned not only for his excellent portraits and genre pieces, but also for his assistance in restoring a mosaic at the cathedral in Lwów (Lviv).
Axentowicz, Theodor / Girl in a fur

Axentowicz, Theodor / Girl in a fur

undated
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