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Ladislaus von Czachorski (Polish, 1850-1911)


Also known as:  Czachorski, Ladislaw von; Czachovski, Ladislaus von; Czachorski, Ladislas de

Birth Place: Lublin (Lubelskie voivodship, Poland)

One of Poland's most important 19th-century academic painters, Wladislaw Czachorski specialized in detailed images of beautiful, costumed women reading letters, arranging flowers, or receiving suitors in lush interiors. He received his art training in Germany during the 1860s and '70s, enrolling successively at the academies in Dresden, Munich, and Berlin, where he studied Old Master painting and appropriated, in particular, the visual vocabulary of Johannes Vermeer. Czachorski's hallmark paintings feature Vermeer-inspired, light-filled sitting rooms, decorated with Oriental rugs and tapestries as intimate settings for rendezvous. A master at rendering fabrics and jewelry, Czachorski typically accentuated the female sitter, offsetting her with baroque lighting and a luxurious satin gown. Such emphasis on dramatic lighting and staging also marked his most noted paintings, his 1870s scenes from Shakespeare's Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet.

Awarded the Bavarian Order of Saint Michael in 1893, Czachorski gained critical acclaim at exhibitions in Krakow, Warsaw, Lodz, Lviv, and many other cities in Poland. After his death in 1911, the Warsaw "Zacheta" Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts honored him with a major exhibition. Today Czachorski's paintings can be seen in public collections worldwide, including the Lviv National Art Gallery, Kunsthalle Bremen, and Academy of San Carlos, Mexico City.

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