Wilhelm Kotarbiński

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Wilhelm Kotarbiński, around 1900
Kotarbiński's grave in the Kiev Baikowe Cemetery

Wilhelm Kotarbiński ( Russian Василий Александрович Котарбинский Vasili Alexandrovich Kotarbinski ; * the 30th November 1848 in Nieborów , Congress Poland , Russian Empire ; † 4. September 1921 in Kiev , Ukrainian SSR ) was a Polish painter of academicism , Symbolism and Modernism .


Kotarbiński was born in the village of Nieborów in what is now Łódź Voivodeship and spent his childhood there. His father Alexander came from impoverished Polish nobility and his mother was of German descent. He learned painting at the Warsaw drawing class under the direction of Rafał Hadziewicz and from 1872 at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome . After graduating, he opened a studio there, where he also gave drawing courses. He returned to Poland in 1888 and lived in the Belarusian governorate of Minsk on his Kalsk (or Kulsk) estate, but also stayed regularly in Kiev, where he had a studio in the Praga Hotel. In Kiev he became the founder of the Society of Kiev Artists and worked on the frescoes of St. Vladimir's Cathedral . He died at the age of 72 in Kiev and was buried there in the Baikowe cemetery .


His works were mainly compositions on biblical or ancient themes, from the life of the ancient Orient , Greece and Rome . He also painted landscapes as well as fantastic , allegorical and symbolic scenes. His work was characterized by the use of refined colors, free technology, specific stylization of forms and a specific, often mysterious mood. His pictures can be found in museums such as the National Museum in Warsaw and the National Museum of Taras Shevchenko in Kiev. Many of his paintings were also auctioned: for example, his painting Venetian Serenade achieved a price of 409,912 US dollars in 2015 .

Web links

Commons : Wilhelm Kotarbiński  - collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. a b Biography of Wilhelm Kotarbiński on the website of the National Taras Shevchenko Museum Kiev ; accessed on June 22, 2018 (Ukrainian)
  2. a b biography of Wilhelm Kotarbiński on agraart.pl ; accessed on June 22, 2018 (Polish)
  3. ^ Biography Wilhelm Kotarbiński on biography.com.ua ; accessed on June 22, 2018 (Ukrainian)
  4. ^ Entry on Wilhelm Kotarbiński in the Ukrainian Soviet Encyclopedia ; accessed on 2018 (ukrainian)
  5. Biography Wilhelm Kotarbiński on MutualArt ; accessed on June 22, 2018 (English)