Maksymilian Fajans

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Self-portrait in his workshop (c.1850)

Maksymilian Fajans (1827 in Sieradz – 1890 in Warsaw) was a Polish-Jewish artist, lithographer and photographer. Fajans won several prizes at the International Photographic Exhibition organized in 1865 in Berlin and, in 1873, at the Vienna Exhibition.


Fajans was born in Sieradz to Jewish parents and studied at Warsaw's School of Fine Arts (Szkoła Sztuk Pięknych) in 1844–49, and between 1850 and 1853 he worked and stationed in Paris, where he was a pupil of the DutchFrench painter Ary Scheffer.

Fajans established one of the first photography studios in Warsaw. In 1851–63 he published 14 folios of Wizerunki polskie (Polish Images) after his own drawings, and in 1851–61, 24 folios of Wzory sztuki średniowiecznej (Images of Medieval Art) after drawings by L. Łepkowski, B. Podczaszyński and others.

In chromolithography he published Kwiaty i poezje (Flowers and Poems, 1858, after his own drawings), illustrations for albums and books (Karola Gustawa trofea...Carl Gustav's Trophies...—by E. Tyszkiewicz, 1856; Album widoków Polski—Album of Polish Views—by N. Orda, 1875–83). He also collaborated with the publisher, Samuel Orgelbrand. In addition, he worked in utilitarian graphics (calendars, diplomas).


Aleksander Fredro

Fajans's portraits of notable contemporaries included:

August Cieszkowski

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