Włodzimierz Tetmajer

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Włodzimierz Tetmajer (December 31, 1861 in Harklowa - December 26, 1923 in Kraków) was a Polish painter with works in collections of the Warsaw National Museum and Kraków.

Baptism of Lithuania in 1387 by Włodzimierz Tetmajer

Włodzimierz Tetmajer was born in Harklowa near the town of Nowy Targ and died in Bronowice, now a district of Kraków.

Tetmajer studied painting at the Kraków School of Fine Arts (Szkoła Sztuk Pięknych w Krakowie) from 1875 to 1886, than in Viena and Munich (1886–1889), in Paris at the Académie Colarossi, and with Jan Matejko from 1889 to 1895.

In 1890 he married Anna Mikołajczykówna, a peasant’s daughter from Bronowice in the spirit of the Young Poland's return to the roots. Tetmajer settled with his wife in a remote house covered with thatch, where he was often visited by various friends.In 1900 he hosted a wedding of one of his friends, the poet Lucjan Rydel, to his wife's sister, Jadwiga Mikołajczykówna. This village wedding became the inspiration for the dramatist Stanisław Wyspiański who wrote defining Polish independence drama called "Wesele" (The Wedding).

Portrait of Włodzimierz Tetmajer by Stanisław Wyspiański.

According to Dr. Józef Andrzej Nowobilski:

"One of Poland's finest painters, Tetmajer is an eminent example of a painter of the period of impressionism and Young Poland, who devoted his gift and artistic achievements to the fight for Polish national revival and the restoration of the Polish state. He was convinced that the folk tradition and the apotheosis of the Polish peasant would be the means to achieve those goals."[1]

Włodzimierz Tetmajer was a half-brother of poet, Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer.

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  • Dziedzic, Stanisław. "Artysta i polityk - Włodzimierz Tetmajer". Forum Polonijne 6 (2007): 23–25. ISSN 1234-2807. 

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