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    WLADISLAW CZACHORSKI (Polish, 1850-1911)
    The Proposal, 1891
    Oil on canvas
    36 x 22 inches (91.4 x 55.9 cm)
    Signed and dated upper right: Czachorski / 1891

    Private collection, Dallas, Texas.

    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 like The Proposal 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.

    Condition Report*: Wax re-lined canvas; scattered faint craquelure throughout; 1-inch linear abrasion on the upper middle edge; not examined under black light. Framed Dimensions 50.75 X 38.75 Inches
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    May, 2012
    15th Tuesday
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