Portret Józefa Potockiego by Teodor Axentowicz

Józef Mikołaj Potocki (1862.9.8 – 1922.8.25) Polish landowner, traveler, book collector, deputy to the Russian State Duma, Austrian subcommittees.

He took care of the Sanguszko Slavic bookstore, which greatly expanded; In the Antoniny Palace, he collected about 20,000 volumes and numerous works of art, partially destroyed during the First World War and the Polish-Russian War. After the events of the war, Potocki transported the collection to the Warsaw palace, where after years they were destroyed during the Warsaw uprising. He was the initiator of the creation of the Potocki family’s archives and the publication of monographs of the Potocki estate. He contributed to the enlargement of several Volyn libraries, among others. agricultural and sugar library in Szepetówka.

He was the first European to reach Senaar on the Nile Blue. He announced several travel and hunting books, among others. Hunting notes from the Far East.

Teodor Axentowicz
Title: Portrait of Józef Potocki
Polski: Portret Józefa Potockiego
Date circa 1890
Oil on canvas,
Muzeum-Zamek w Łańcucie

Teodor Axentowicz
May 13, 1859 – Aug 26, 1938

Teodor Axentowicz 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.

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.

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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.

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. In 1910 he became the rector of the Academy and since 1928 was also an honorary member of the Zachęta Society. While in Paris, he received the prestigious title of Officier d’Académie Ordre des Palmes Académiques and Member of Académie des Beaux-Arts.

He was awarded many gold metals at both national and international exhibitions. Throughout his life he had numerous exhibitions, both in Poland and abroad. In addition to Society of Polish Artists “Sztuka”, he was also a member of Hagenbund and a founding member of the Vienna Secession.