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The Late Birth of a Great Artist: Piotr Michałowski’s Sketchbook of 1832

by Jan K. Ostrowski (Author) Elżbieta Wichrowska (Author)
©2021 Others 116 Pages

Summary

The book covers a very special moment in the life of Piotr Michałowski (1800–55), the most outstanding painter of Polish Romanticism. In his early life, Michałowski built a career as a technocrat and later became head of the state-owned heavy industry. At the time, he proved himself a brilliant amateur salon painter. During the anti-Russian uprising of 1830–31, he was responsible for producing weapons for the Polish army, and would later head for France to pursue the arts. This change in his mindset is documented by the sketchbook he kept in January 1832. It illustrates the transition from a superficial salon artist to keen student of nature and insightful realist. The authors analyze the sketchbook, the circumstances of its creation, and its deeper structure from several perspectives.

Table Of Contents

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the authors
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Table of Contents
  • A Brief Foreword to the English Edition
  • Introduction
  • 1. Piotr Michałowski in 1832: The Birth of a Conscious Artist
  • 1.1. The Generation of 1800
  • 1.2. The Myth of Napoleon
  • 1.3. From Philomath Ideals to Managing the State Metalworking Industry
  • 1.4. The November Uprising
  • 1.5. The Highly Talented Dilettant
  • 2. Podgórze
  • 3. Sketchbook No. 7244
  • 3.1. Description, Identification, and Characteristics
  • 3.2. The Sketchbook’s Place in the Artist’s Work
  • 3.3. The European Context
  • 4. The Sketchbook as a Diary
  • Conclusion
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Archival Documents
  • Bibliography
  • Illustrations
  • Plates
  • Index

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Bibliographic Information published by the

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Cover illustration: Piotr Michałowski’s self-portrait from his sketchbook of 1832, National Museum in Warsaw, Rys. Pol. 7244.

This publication was financially supported by the University of Warsaw.

ISBN 978-3-631-85139-5 (Print)

© Peter Lang GmbH

Peter Lang – Berlin • Bern • Bruxelles • New York • Oxford • Warszawa • Wien

All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any

© J. K. Ostrowski, E. Wichrowska

This publication has been peer reviewed.

www.peterlang.com

About the authors

Jan K. Ostrowski, art historian. Former Professor at the Jagiellonian University and director of the Wawel Royal Castle, Krakow. President of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences. Authored numerous publications on early modern art in France, Italy and Poland.

Elżbieta Wichrowska, Professor, literary historian, editor. Head of the Laboratory of manuscripts and inedits 1700–1850 at the Faculty of Polish Studies, University of Warsaw. Her research concerns the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

About the book

The book covers a very special moment in the life of Piotr Michałowski (1800–55), the most outstanding painter of Polish Romanticism. In his early life, Michałowski built a career as a technocrat and became head of the state-owned heavy industry. At the time, he proved himself a brilliant amateur salon painter. During the anti- Russian uprising of 1830–31, he was responsible for producing weapons for the Polish army, and would later head for France to pursue the arts. This change in his mindset is documented by the sketchbook he kept in January 1832. It illustrates the transition from a superficial salon artist to keen student of nature and insightful realist. The authors analyze the sketchbook, the circumstances of its creation, and its deeper structure from several perspectives.

This eBook can be cited

This edition of the eBook can be cited. To enable this we have marked the start and end of a page. In cases where a word straddles a page break, the marker is placed inside the word at exactly the same position as in the physical book. This means that occasionally a word might be bifurcated by this marker.

Details

Pages
116
Year
2021
ISBN (PDF)
9783631851463
ISBN (ePUB)
9783631852446
ISBN (MOBI)
9783631852453
ISBN (Hardcover)
9783631851395
DOI
10.3726/b18301
Language
English
Publication date
2021 (July)
Keywords
November Uprising Napoleon I Piotr Michałowski Polish Romanticism painter sketchbook
Published
Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2021. 116 pp., 38 fig. col., 61 fig. b/w.

Biographical notes

Jan K. Ostrowski (Author) Elżbieta Wichrowska (Author)

Elżbieta Wichrowska, Professor, literary historian, editor. Head of the Laboratory of manuscripts and inedits 1700–1850 at the Faculty of Polish Studies, University of Warsaw. Her research concerns the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Jan K. Ostrowski, art historian. Former Professor at the Jagiellonian University and director of the Wawel Royal Castle, Krakow. President of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences. Authored numerous publications on early modern art in France, Italy and Poland.

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