15 Works, Today, May 13th. is Teodor Axentowicz’s day, his story, illustrated with footnotes #131

Teodor Axentowicz (1859–1938)
Kołomyjka / Oberek. Folk dance in front of the house, c. 1895

Oil on canvas
Height: 85 cm (33.4 in); Width: 112 cm (44 in)
National Museum in Warsaw

In Kolomyjka, Teodor Axentowicz’s fascination with rural traditions, which was very fashionable in his time, translates into a vivid, expressive picture in which dynamics and joyful mood are more important than realism or the traditional rules of composition.

The Oberek is the second most popular Polish folk dance after the polka, and consists of a fast and vigorous succession of lifts and jumps, which the artist shows well here. More on this painting

Teodor Axentowicz (May 13, 1859 in Brașov, Austrian Empire — August 26, 1938 in Kraków, Second Polish Republic) was a Polish-Armenian painter and university professor. A renowned artist of his times, he was also the rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. As an artist, Axentowicz was famous for his portraits and subtle scenes of Hutsul life, set in the Carpathians…

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Author: Zaidan Art Blog

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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