24 June 1838
|Died||1 November 1893 (aged 55)|
|Resting place||Rakowicki Cemetery, Kraków, Poland|
|Education||School of Fine Arts, Kraków|
Academy of Fine Arts, Munich
|Known for||Painting, drawing, teaching|
|The Battle of Grunwald|
The Prussian Homage
The Hanging of the Sigismund Bell
|Awards||Légion d'honneur, Knight Commander with Star of the Order of Pius IX, Doctor Honoris Causa|
Jan Alojzy Matejko (Polish pronunciation: [jan aˈlɔjzɨ maˈtɛjko] (listen); also known as Jan Mateyko; 24 June 1838[nb 1] – 1 November 1893) was a Polish painter, a leading 19th-century exponent of history painting, known for depicting nodal events from Polish history. His works include large scale oil paintings such as Rejtan (1866), the Union of Lublin (1869), the Astronomer Copernicus, or Conversations with God (1873), or the Battle of Grunwald (1878). He was the author of numerous portraits, a gallery of Polish monarchs in book form, and murals in St. Mary's Basilica, Kraków. He is considered by many as the most celebrated Polish painter, and sometimes as the "national painter" of Poland. Matejko was among the notable people to receive an unsolicited letter from the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, as the latter tipped, in January 1889, into his psychotic breakdown while in Turin.
Matejko spent most of his life in Kraków. His teachers at the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts included Wojciech Korneli Stattler and Władysław Łuszczkiewicz. Later, he became director of the institution, which in time was renamed the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts. A number of his students became prominent artists in their own right, including Maurycy Gottlieb, Jacek Malczewski, Józef Mehoffer and Stanisław Wyspiański. He is regarded as "the Father of the Młoda Polska" Arts and Crafts movement in Poland.
Matejko was born on 24 June 1838, in the Free City of Kraków. His father, Franciszek Ksawery Matejko (Czech: František Xaver Matějka) (born 1789 or 13 January 1793, died 26 October 1860), a Czech from the village of Roudnice, was a graduate of the Hradec Králové school who later became a tutor and music teacher. He first worked for the Wodzicki family in Kościelniki, Poland, then moved to Kraków, where he married the half-German, half-Polish Joanna Karolina Rossberg (Rozberg). Jan was the ninth of eleven children. His mother died when he was very young and his older brother, Franciszek had a hand in the manner of his upbringing. He grew up in a kamienica building on Floriańska Street. After the death of his mother in 1845, Jan and his siblings were cared for by his maternal aunt, Anna Zamojska.
At a young age he witnessed the Kraków revolution of 1846 and the 1848 siege of Kraków by the Austrians, two events which put an end to the Free City of Kraków. Two of his older brothers served in both armed conflicts, under General Józef Bem. One died and the other was forced into exile. Matejko attended St. Anne's High School, but he dropped out in 1851 because of poor grades. Matejko showed an early artistic talent, but had great difficulty with other academic subjects. He never fully mastered a foreign language. Despite that, and because of his exceptional skill, at the age of fourteen he entered the School of Fine Arts in Kraków, where he was a contemporary of Artur Grottger from 1852 to 1858. His teachers included Wojciech Korneli Stattler and Władysław Łuszczkiewicz. He opted for historical painting as his specialism, and finished his first major work, The Shuyski Tsars before Zygmunt III (Carowie Szujscy przed Zygmuntem III), in 1853 (he would return to this theme a year before his death, in 1892. During this time, he began exhibiting historical paintings at the Kraków Society of Friends of Fine Arts from 1855. His graduation project in 1858 was Sigismund I the Old ennobles professors of the Jagiellonian University (Zygmunt I nadaje szlachectwo profesorom Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego) and proved to be seminal.
After graduation in 1859, Matejko received a scholarship to study with Hermann Anschütz at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. The following year he received a further scholarship to study at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, but after only a few days and a major quarrel with Christian Ruben, Matejko returned to Kraków. He set up a studio at his family home in Floriańska Street. It took years before he met with commercial success. He struggled as the proverbial "starving artist", who finally celebrated when he managed to sell the Shuyski Tsars... canvas for five gulden.
In 1860, against a background of cultural erosion in partitioned Poland Matejko published an illustrated album, Clothing in Poland (Ubiory w Polsce), a project reflecting his intense interest in the historical record of his nation and his desire to promote it among Polish people and incidentally stir their patriotism. His financial situation improved when he sold two paintings, The assassination of Wapowski during the coronation of Henri de Valois (Zabicie Wapowskiego w czasie koronacji Henryka Walezego, 1861) and Jan Kochanowski over the body of his daughter Urszulka (Jan Kochanowski nad zwłokami Urszulki, 1862), which settled his debts. 1862 saw the completion of his Stańczyk, initially received without much acclaim, but in due course becoming one of Matejko's best known works. It marks a manifest departure in Matejko's art, from mere illustrator of history to commentator upon its moral content.
During the January Uprising of 1863, in which he did not directly take part on account of his poor health, Matejko supported it financially, donating most of his savings to the cause, and personally transporting arms to an insurgents' camp. Subsequently, his Skarga's Sermon (Kazanie Skargi), May 1864, was exhibited in the gallery of the Kraków Society of Friends of Fine Arts, which gained him much publicity. On 5 November that same year, he was elected member of the Kraków Scientific Society (Towarzystwo Naukowe Krakowskie) in recognition for his contributions to depicting great national historical themes. On 21 November he married Teodora Giebułtowska, with whom he went on to have five children: Beata, Helena, Tadeusz, Jerzy and Regina. His daughter, Helena, also an artist, later helped World War I victims and was awarded the Cross of Independence by president Stanisław Wojciechowski.
Rise to fame
After 1865 Matejko's international recognition grew. His Skarga's Sermon was awarded a gold medal at the 1865 Paris Salon, prompting Count Maurycy Potocki to buy it for 10,000 guldens. In 1867, his painting Rejtan was awarded a gold medal at the World Exhibition in Paris and was acquired by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria for 50,000 franks. His next major painting was the Union of Lublin (Unia Lubelska), created during 1867-1869. Acclaimed in Paris, it won Matejko the Cross of the Légion d'honneur. and was purchased by the Sejm of Galicia. It was followed by Stefan Batory at Pskov (Stefan Batory pod Pskowem), finished in 1871. In 1872, he visited Istanbul and upon his return to Kraków finished The Astronomer Copernicus, or Conversations with God (Astronom Kopernik, czyli rozmowa z Bogiem), which was acquired by the Jagiellonian University. From the 1870s onwards he was aided by a secretary, Marian Gorzkowski, who became his personal assistant, his closest friend, a model for a number of his paintings, and the author of a memoir about Matejko.
In 1872, during an exhibition in Prague he was offered the directorship of the Prague Academy of Fine Arts, quickly followed by a similar offer from the Kraków School of Fine Arts. He accepted the Kraków position, and was for many years its principal (rector). In 1874, he finished Zawieszenie dzwonu Zygmunta (The Hanging of the Sigismund bell). In 1878, he produced another masterpiece, The Battle of Grunwald. That year he received an "honorary grand gold" medal in Paris, while Kraków city council presented him with a ceremonial scepter, as a symbol of his "royal status in fine art". In 1879 came his Rok 1863 - Polonia (The Year 1863 - Polonia), his depiction of the January Uprising. Begun in 1864 as the Uprising was waning, he abandoned the canvas for a number of years, perhaps due to the loss of several close friends and family members in the conflict. It languished unfinished until prince Władysław Czartoryski became interested in acquiring it. To this day it is considered unfinished.
1880-1882 were taken up with another large work, The Prussian Tribute (Hołd Pruski) which Matejko gifted to "the Polish nation". It earned him the honorary citizenship of Kraków. One of the city's squares was renamed Matejko Square. In 1883 he finished Jan Sobieski at Vienna (Jan Sobieski pod Wiedniem) which came to be presented to Pope Leo XIII as a "gift of the Polish nation". Being a member of the delegation delivering the canvas to Rome, Matejko was awarded the Knight Commander with Star of the Order of Pius IX. The painting is on permanent exhibition in the Sobieski Room at the Vatican Museums. Around that time he also became vocal on a number of political issues, publishing letters on topics such as Polish-Russian relations. He was also very engaged in efforts to protect and reconstruct historical monuments in Kraków. In 1886, he finished a painting relating to French rather than Polish history, The Virgin of Orléans, a portrayal of Joan of Arc.
In 1887 Matejko received an Honorary Doctorate from the Jagiellonian University, and recognition from the Austrian Society, Litteris et Artibus. In 1888 he completed The Battle of Racławice (Bitwa pod Racławicami). In 1888-1899, to justify his new academic title, he published a group of twelve drawings with accompanying commentary, The History of civilization in Poland (Dzieje Cywilizacji w Polsce). Between 1890 and 1892, he published a series of works on paper, portraying all the monarchs of Poland (Poczet królów i książąt polskich - The kings and princes of Poland, including queens), whose popularity turned them into the canon portrayals of their subjects. 1891 marked his Constitution of the 3 May (Konstytucja 3 Maja). He went on to compose another large scale work, The Oaths of Jan Kazimierz (Śluby Jana Kazimierza), but death intervened. In 1892, a year before his death, he completed his Self-portrait (Autoportret).
Portraits and other work
In addition to the history paintings Matejko was a prolific portraitist. His subjects included Jagiellonian University rectors Józef Szujski and Stanisław Tarnowski, and numerous portraits of family and friends, including Wife in her wedding dress ("Żona w sukni ślubnej") (1865, destroyed by his wife during a quarrel and recreated in 1879) and a self-portrait (1892). Altogether Matejko authored 320 oil paintings and several thousand drawings and watercolours. He also designed the monumental polychrome murals for the Brick Gothic St. Mary's Basilica, Kraków (1889–1891), which in 1978 became a UNESCO World Heritage Site alongside the Historic Centre of Kraków.
Matejko suffered from a peptic ulcer, and died in Kraków on 1 November of internal bleeding. His funeral on 5 November drew large crowds, and his death was newsworthy in at least thirty two European newspapers. He was buried in Kraków's Rakowicki Cemetery.
Significance, style and themes
He is counted among the most significant of Polish painters, and considered by many as "Poland's greatest history painter" or as a "a cult figure for the nation at large... [already] by the time of his death.". Wilhelm von Kaulbach and his "historical symbolism" style had a profound influence on Matejko. This aimed not so much at an exact representation of past events, but gave the artist freedom to interpret and opened the possibility to blend historical data within a chosen perspective. Matejko's technique in the Neoclassical genre has been praised for its "luminosity, detail and imagination".
He succeeded in propagating Polish history, and fostering the memory of an erstwhile historic state lost to the world, while his country remained carved up between three civilised European powers which afforded its Polish natives no prospect of political self-determination. His works, disseminated through thousands of reproductions, have become standard illustrations of the many key events in Polish history. His 1860 illustrated album, Ubiory w Polsce (Costume in Poland), is seen as a valuable historical reference.
Criticism and controversy
Critics of his work have pointed to his use of traditional, outdated or bombastic painting style, discrediting him for "antiquarian realism" and "theatrical effects". At exhibitions abroad, the nuanced historical context of his works was often lost on foreign audiences. Occasionally his paintings would cause controversy. For example, Rejtan offended a number of prominent members of the Polish nobility, who saw the painting as an indictment of their entire social class. His paintings were subject to censorship in the Russian Empire. Nazi Germany planned to destroy both The Battle of Grunwald and The Prussian Homage, which the authorities saw as an offence against the German view of history. They formed part of the very many Polish paintings and art which the Germans planned to destroy in their war on Polish culture, but the Polish resistance successfully hid both.
- Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur, 1870 for his Union of Lublin 1869
- Médaille d'or at the Salon de Paris in 1867 for Rejtan
- Kunst-medaille 1873, Vienna
- Membre de l'Académie des Beaux-Arts (1873)
- Médaille d'honneur at the Exposition Universelle (1878)
- Commander's Cross of the Order of Franz Joseph
- Commander's Cross of the Order of the Iron Crown
- Commander's Cross with Star of the Order of Pius IX
- Gold Medal of the Munich Academy of Art
- Papal Gold Medal of Leo XIII
- Medal "Pro litteris et artibus", Vienna
- Odznaka Honorowa za Dzieła Sztuki i Umiejętności, Poland (1887)
- Honorary citizenship of the cities of Kraków, Lwów, Przemyśl, Ivano-Frankivsk, Stryj and Brzezany
- Doctor honoris causa of the Jagiellonian University (1887)
- Member of the Institut de France (1874), of the Berlin Academy of Arts (1874), of the Accademia Raffaello, Urbino (1878) and of the Wiener Kunstlergenossenschaft (1888).
Matejko's aim was to focus on major themes in Polish history using historical sources to paint events in minute historical detail. His earliest paintings are purely historical depictions without didactic content. The later works, starting with Stańczyk (1862), are intended to inspire the viewer with a patriotic message. Stańczyk focuses on the court jester, portrayed as a symbol of his country's conscience, sitting in a chair, against the background of a party - a lonely figure reflecting on war, ignored by the joyful crowd.
His paintings are on display in numerous Polish museums, including: the National Museum in Warsaw, National Museum in Kraków, National Museum in Poznań and National Museum in Wrocław. The National Museum, Kraków has a building entirely dedicated to Matejko - The Jan Matejko House (Dom Jana Matejki), occupying his former studio and family home in Floriańska Street and opened in 1898. Another museum dedicated to Matejko, is the Jan Matejko Manor House (Dworek Jana Matejki w Krzesławicach), in the village of Krzesławice, where Matejko had bought a small estate in 1865.
As teacher and influencer
Over 80 painters were Matejko's students, many influenced during his tenure as director of the Kraków School of Fine Arts, and are called members of the "Matejko School". Some went on to become members of the brief flowering of the Young Poland (Młoda Polska) movement, which encompassed literature, music, theatre as well as visual arts and was dissipated by World War I. Matejko has been dubbed "Father of Young Poland". Prominent among his students were:
- Maurycy Gottlieb
- Ephraim Moses Lilien
- Jacek Malczewski
- Helena Matejko, Matejko's daughter
- Józef Mehoffer
- Jozef Pankiewicz
- Antoni Piotrowski
- Witold Pruszkowski
- Jan Styka
- Włodzimierz Tetmajer
- Józef Unierzyski, Matejko's son-in-law
- Leon Wyczółkowski
- Stanisław Wyspiański
Jan Kochanowski over his dead daughter's body, 1862
Wladyslaw I Lokietek from the Gallery of Polish Monarchs
pen and ink drawing possibly of Bona Sforza, 1861
The following is a selected list of Matejko's works, in chronological order.
|#||Title||Year||Technique and size||Location||Illustration|
|1.||Carowie Szujscy przed Zygmuntem III (The Shuysky Princes before King Sigismund III)||1853||oil on canvas
75.5 cm × 109 cm
|National Museum in Wrocław|
|2.||Stańczyk||1862||oil on canvas
120 × 88 cm
|National Museum, Warsaw|
|3.||Kazanie Skargi (Skarga's Sermon)||1864||oil on canvas
224 × 397 cm
|Royal Castle, Warsaw|
|4.||Rejtan||1866||oil on canvas
282 × 487 cm
|Royal Castle, Warsaw|
|5.||Alchemik Sędziwój (Alchemist Sendivogius)||1867||oil on canvas
73 × 130 cm
|Museum of Arts in Łódź|
|6.||Unia Lubelska (Union of Lublin)||1869||oil on canvas
298 cm × 512 cm
|7.||Stefan Batory pod Pskowem (Stefan Batory at Pskov)||1872||oil on canvas
322 × 545 cm
|Royal Castle, Warsaw|
|8.||Astronom Kopernik, czyli rozmowa z Bogiem (Astronomer Copernicus, or Conversations with God)||1873||oil on canvas
225 × 315 cm
|9.||Zawieszenie dzwonu Zygmunta (The Hanging of the Sigismund bell)||1874||oil on wood
94 × 189 cm
|National Museum, Warsaw|
|10.||Śmierć króla Przemysła II (Death of King Przemysł II)||1875||Modern Gallery in Zagreb|
|11.||Bitwa pod Grunwaldem (Battle of Grunwald)||1878||oil on canvas
426 × 987 cm
|National Museum, Warsaw|
|12.||Polonia - Rok 1863 (Polonia - year 1863)||1879||oil on canvas
156 × 232 cm
|Czartoryski Museum, Kraków|
|13.||Hołd pruski (The Prussian Homage)||1880-82||oil on canvas
388 × 875 cm
|National Museum, Kraków|
|14.||Jan III Sobieski pod Wiedniem (John III Sobieski at Vienna)||1883||Vatican Museums|
|15.||Wernyhora||1883-84||oil on canvas
290 × 204 cm
|National Museum, Kraków|
|16.||Założenie Akademii Lubrańskiego w Poznaniu (Founding of the Lubrański Academy in Poznań)||1886||National Museum, Poznań|
|17.||Dziewica Orleańska (Maid of Orléans)||1886||oil on canvas
484 x 973 cm
|National Museum, Poznań|
|18.||Bitwa pod Racławicami (Battle of Racławice)||1888||oil on canvas
450 × 890 cm
|National Museum, Kraków|
|19.||cycle Dzieje cywilizacji w Polsce (History of civilization in Poland)||1888-1889|
|20.||Chrzest Litwy (Baptism of Lithuania)||1888||oil on canvas
60 × 115.5 cm
|National Museum, Warsaw|
|21.||Zaprowadzenie chrześcijaństwa (Introduction of Christianity [to Poland])||1889||oil on wood
79 × 120 cm
|National Museum, Warsaw|
|22.||cycle Poczet królów i książąt polskich (Fellowship of the kings and princes of Poland)||1890-1892|
|23.||Konstytucja 3 Maja 1791 r. (Constitution of 3 May 1791)||1891||oil on canvas
247 cm × 446 cm
|Royal Castle, Warsaw|
|24.||Carowie Szujscy przed Zygmuntem III (The Shuysky Princes before King Sigismund III)||1892||oil on wood
42 cm × 63 cm
|Jan Matejko House in Kraków|
|25.||Self-portrait (Autoportret)||1892||oil on canvas
160 cm × 110 cm
|National Museum, Warsaw|
|26.||Śluby Jana Kazimierza (Oath of Jan Kazimierz)||1893||oil on wood
315 cm × 500 cm
|National Museum, Wrocław|
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- Matejko gallery, malarze.com
- Jan Matejko, culture.pl
- "Clothing and Costumes..." From the Collection of Jan Matejko (in Polish)
- "Artists from the School of Jan Matejko"
- www.Jan-Matejko.org A website dedicated to Matejko
- Jan Matejko at Find a Grave