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Tetmajer studied painting at the Kraków School of Fine Arts (Szkoła Sztuk Pięknych w Krakowie) from 1875 to 1886, then in Vienna and Munich (1886–1889), in Paris at the Académie Colarossi, and with Jan Matejko from 1889 to 1895.
In 1890 he married Anna Mikołajczykówna, a peasant’s daughter from Bronowice in the spirit of the Young Poland's return to the roots. Tetmajer settled with his wife in a remote house covered with thatch, where he was often visited by various friends. In 1900 he hosted a wedding of one of his friends, the poet Lucjan Rydel, to his wife's sister, Jadwiga Mikołajczykówna. This village wedding became the inspiration for the dramatist Stanisław Wyspiański who wrote defining Polish independence drama called "Wesele" (The Wedding).
According to Dr. Józef Andrzej Nowobilski:
- "One of Poland's finest painters, Tetmajer is an eminent example of a painter of the period of impressionism and Young Poland, who devoted his gift and artistic achievements to the fight for Polish national revival and the restoration of the Polish state. He was convinced that the folk tradition and the apotheosis of the Polish peasant would be the means to achieve those goals."
- Polish Art Center - Wlodzimierz Tetmajer (1861-1923) at polartcenter.com
- Works by or about Włodzimierz Tetmajer at Internet Archive
- Polish Art of the Twentieth Century
- Paintings by Tetmajer at the Pinakoteka (with Polish captions)
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