Teodor Axentowicz

Teodor Axentowicz (May 13, 1859 – Aug 26, 1938) was a Polish-Armenian painter and university professor. He was a portraist,also dealt with illustrative graphics and poster design while worked as an illustrator in magazines and made copies of paintings by former masters, among others. Axentowicz was famous for his portraits and subtle scenes of Hutsul life, set in the Carpathians. He was also the rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków.

Axentowicz was born May 13, 1859 in Braşov, Hungary (now Romania), to a family of Polish-Armenian ancestry. In 1893 in Chelsea, London, he married Iza Henrietta Gielgud, aunt of Val Gielgud and John Gielgud of the theatrical dynasty. A son, Philip S.A.D. Axentowicz was born in Chelsea in 1893.

Between 1879 and 1882 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. From there he moved to Paris, where he was a student of Carolus-Duran and continued his education until 1895. During that time he started a long-time cooperation with various journals and started his career as a copyist, duplicating the works of Tizian and Botticelli for Le Monde illustré. He also made numerous travels to London and Rome, where he prepared a set of portraits, one of the first in his career.

Teodor Axentowicz painted many realistic genre scenes in the Polish countryside. He became a portrait painter, in a style strongly influenced by impressionism, symbolism and Art Nouveau style.

In the years 1890-1899 he made many trips to London and Rome, where he painted portraits of women and the Polish aristocracy. In 1894 he started collaboration with Wojciech Kossak and Jan Styka during the preparation of the Racławice Panorama, one of the largest panoramic paintings in the history of Polish art. The following year he moved to Kraków, where he became a professor at the local Academy of Fine Arts. He was also active in the local society and cooperated with various societies devoted to propagation of arts and crafts. In 1897 he founded an artistic conservatory for women and soon afterwards became one of the founders of the Sztuka society, whose members were such artists as Józef Chełmoński, Julian Fałat, Jacek Malczewski, Józef Mehoffer, Jan Stanisławski, Włodzimierz Tetmajer, Leon Wyczółkowski and Stanisław Wyspiański.

Autoportret z paletą by Teodor Axentowicz

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Axentowicz Zofia Brzeska by Teodor Axentowicz

Portrait of Mrs. Zofia Brzeska. Teodor Axentowicz has created numerous portraits of pastels and paintings on Poland and Ukrainian subjects, ...
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Mehoffer Iza Axentowiczowa by Teodor Axentowicz

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Czytająca by Teodor Axentowicz

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Dama w parku by Teodor Axentowicz

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Portret żony artysty by Teodor Axentowicz

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Samotna w mieście Paryżanka by Teodor Axentowicz

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Portret kobiety w kołnierzu z lisa by Teodor Axentowicz

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Portret Zofii Jachimeckiej by Teodor Axentowicz

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Portret damy by Teodor Axentowicz

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Portret kobiety z różą i piórem by Teodor Axentowicz

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Żółte róże by Teodor Axentowicz

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Rudowłosa by Teodor Axentowicz

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Corka Jadzia by Teodor Axentowicz

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Dama z amorkiem by Teodor Axentowicz

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Pani Berson by Teodor Axentowicz

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Portret dziewczynki by Teodor Axentowicz

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Studium portretowe by Teodor Axentowicz

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Dama z pieskiem by Teodor Axentowicz

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Kobieta w stroju hiszpańskim by Teodor Axentowicz

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Portret Aty Zakrzewskiej by Teodor Axentowicz

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Portret damy by Teodor Axentowicz

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In 1910 he became the rector of the Academy and since 1928 was also an honorary member of the Zachęta Society. He died August 26, 1938 in Kraków.

Throughout his life he had numerous exhibitions, both in Poland and abroad. He was awarded many gold metals at both national and international exhibitions. The most notable were organized in: Berlin (1896, 1913), St. Louis (1904), Munich (1905, 1935), London (1906), Vienna (1908), Rome (1911), Venice (1914, 1926), Paris (1921), Chicago (1927), and Prague (1927). His paintings can be found in almost all public collections in Poland and in numerous private ones there and abroad.

In 1904 at the St. Louis World’s Fair, Axentowicz received a Special Commemorative Award in recognition of distinguished service in connection with various national sections of the Department of Art.
While in Paris, he received the prestigious title of Officier d’Académie Ordre des Palmes Académiques and Member of Académie des Beaux-Arts.

In addition to Society of Polish Artists “Sztuka”, he was also a member of Hagenbund and a founding member of the Vienna Secession.

Awards:
In 1909, he was knighted by Franz Joseph I of Austria to Order of the Iron Crown (Austria).
In 1923, he was awarded the Commander’s Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.
In 1929, he was awarded Medal of the Decade by the Second Polish Republic.
In 1929, he was awarded the Grand Gold Metal at the Universal Exhibition in Poznań.
In 1936, he was awarded Order of Polonia Restituta.

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