Kossak Wojciech, 1856 – 1942

A prominent Polish painter. Born in Paris. A descendant of the ancient Polish family of Kossak, who had the emblem of blackbird (in Polish - "kos"). He spent his childhood in Paris (1856 - 1863) and Warsaw (1863 - 1866). He received his first painting lessons from his father, the famous artist Y. Kossak. During 1871 - 1873 he studied at Krak_w ...

A prominent Polish painter. Born in Paris. A descendant of the ancient Polish family of Kossak, who had the emblem of blackbird (in Polish - "kos"). He spent his childhood in Paris (1856 - 1863) and Warsaw (1863 - 1866). He received his first painting lessons from his father, the famous artist Y. Kossak. During 1871 - 1873 he studied at Krak_w School of Fine Arts, since 1873 - in Munich, since 1877 - in Paris. In 1884 he settled in Krak_w and opened his own studio. Since 1916 he taught at the College of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He painted hunting scenes, portraits of prominent figures and secular ladies. However, the main focus of his work was battle painting. When he was young the artist served in the Lancer regiment, and in mature age he participated in the First World War. He was a great expert of military clothing and equipment. He took an active part in the exhibitions and was awarded gold medals. In 1930 he painted several battle scenes for the military section of the State Museum in Warsaw. His works are kept in the museums of Krak_w, Warsaw, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, etc.

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