Konrad Krzyżanowski

Krzyżanowski in 1919

Konrad Krzyżanowski (15 February 1872, Kremenchuk - 25 May 1922, Warsaw) was a Ukrainian-born Polish illustrator and painter, primarily of portraits, who was considered to be an early exponent of Expressionism.


He grew up in Kiev and took his first art lessons at the Kiev Drawing School with Mykola Murashko.[1] This was followed by studies at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg. He was not there long, however, when his distaste for the school's teaching methods developed into a conflict with the Rector and he was expelled.[2]

In 1897, he moved to Munich, where he took private lessons from Simon Hollósy.[1] Three years later, he settled in Warsaw and, together with Kazimierz Stabrowski, established a painting school, which he ran for four years. From 1904 to 1909, he taught at the Academy of Fine Arts, where he often took his students to paint en plein aire in Lithuania and Finland. He also did illustrations for Chimera [pl], a literary and artistic journal that was published from 1901 to 1907.[2]

In 1906, he married the artist, Michalina Piotruszewska [pl], a student at the Academy. After her graduation in 1909, he resigned his position there. From 1912 to 1914 they lived in London and Paris, where she studied with Maurice Denis at the Académie Ranson.[3]

In 1914, they returned to Warsaw but, following the outbreak of World War I, went to live with her relatives in Volhynia. From 1917 to 1918, they lived in Kiev, where he taught at the "Polish School of Fine Arts".[2]

After the creation of the Polish Second Republic, they returned to Warsaw and he re-established his private art school. Among his best-known students were Tadeusz Pruszkowski, Ludwik Konarzewski and Krystyna Wróblewska.

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  1. ^ a b Biographical notes @ Pinakoteka.
  2. ^ a b c Brief biography @ Culture.pl
  3. ^ Brief biography of Piotruszewska @ Agra Art

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