Saturday, November 14, 2009

Kazimierz Alchimowicz : Biography

Kazimierz Alchimowicz (born December 20, 1840 in Dziembrów, Vilnius Region – December 31, 1916 in Warsaw) was a Lithuanian-born Polish romantic painter.

Born in Dziembrów, Vilnius Region Alchimowicz was banished to Siberia for six years for his participation in the January Uprising. After his return, he enrolled in a drawing class in Warsaw taught by Wojciech Gerson. The class had a great influence on his later artistic works. He later studied art in Munich, Germany and Paris, France. While staying in France, Alchimowicz was a craftsmen decorating porcelain and earthenware crafts. He settled permanently in Warsaw in 1880 to paint professionally. His artistic inspiration mainly came from patriotic topics and history. Among his most noted works is a series of twelve tablets entitled Goplana. This was greeted with great enthusiasm by art critics of the time. He died in Warsaw.

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