Portrait of Karol and Malgorzata Lanckoronski

Jacek Malczewski

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Basic information
Jacek Malczewski
Portrait of Karol and Malgorzata Lanckoronski
Date of creation
oil painting
duplicated canvas oil
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
60 x 100
Information about author
Jacek Malczewski
Artist's lifetime
Jacek Malczewski (July 14, 1854, Radom, Kingdom of Poland, Russian Empire – October 8, 1929, Krakow, Republic of Poland) was an outstanding artist and one of the most prominent representatives of Polish Symbolism. He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Krakow, where his teacher was Jan Matejko. The artist participated in an archeological expedition to Pamphylia, Pisidia, and Greece, which was organized by Count Karol Lanckoronski. He also visited Munich and Italy. Jacek Malczewski was one of the founders of the art union "Sztuka" ("Art"). The artist's creative heritage includes landscapes and portraiture, symbolic compositions, interpretations of religious themes, and numerous self-portraits in various images.
Object description
The vast majority of Jacek Malczewski’s works from the gallery collection are related to Eastern Galicia. These are paintings created during his frequent stays at the Lanckoronski summer residence in Novyi Rozdil. From 1884, the artist visited that place, where he had a specially equipped art studio. Besides, he was financially supported by that family for many years. Being a member of an archaeological expedition organized by Karol Lanckoronski, Malczewski visited Asia Minor and Greece. This portrait also comes from the palace in Novyi Rozdil. Karol Lanckoronski was a famous art critic, collector, writer, traveler, vice-president of the Society for Cultural Protection in Galicia, a Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece and the Order of Malta. The palace in Rozdil was famous for its collection of art objects. Michal Jozef Rzewuski is considered to be the founder of the rich collection. He brought art objects from other ancestral estates to the palace. Under Karol Lanckoronski, the collection was so large that it was on a par with the one of Emperor Franz Joseph. In addition, the palace in Rozdil had all the advantages of the civilization of that time, including electricity, water supply, and telephony. Margarethe von Lichnowsky (Margaret Lanckoronski – after the marriage; Malgorzata – the Polish version of the name) was a Prussian and Austrian princess of the von Lichnowsky family. At the age of 33, she married 48-year-old Count Karol Lanckoronski. The groom was twice a widower and had a four-year-old son from a previous marriage. The couple had two daughters, Carolina and Adelaide.
Portrayed person
The name of the person portrayed
Karol Lanckoronski, Malgorzata Lanckoronska
Lifetime of the person portrayed
1848–1933, 1863–1957