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Paintings reproductions - Jan Matejko

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Jan Alojzy Matejko (born on 24 June 1838 in Krakow, died on 1 November 1893 in Krakow) Jan Matejko is one of the most famous and valued Polish painters. Born in 1838 in Krakow, the founder of the National School of Historical Painting shaped patriotism and resurrected the faith in regaining the independence of the homeland. Thanks to his art, he gave historical painting an exceptional rank, which attracted the interest of a wide audience.

In addition to the creation of works of art, the painter also held the post of director of the School of Fine Arts in Krakow, he was also active in the protection of monuments and architecture. Living in prosperity and comfort, Matejko often donated significant amounts of money to charity, allowing him to get to know himself not only as an outstanding painter, but also as a social worker and patriot.

Matejko died unexpectedly, at the age of 55, due to a broken stomach ulcer, leaving behind numerous works, mainly on historical and patriotic themes.

Artistic features:

Unusual precision and meticulousness in reproducing details, dynamic action, intensification of colours with economical use of paints, Excellent character contouring, a perfect representation of culture, architecture or customs.

Selected works: Stańczyk, Prussian Homage, Battle of Grunwald, Sermon of Complaints.

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