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Love of Landscape
April 23, 2008 By M.H.    
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Katowice is hosting an exhibition of the work of Roman Kochanowski, one of Poland's best landscape painters and the last member of the so-called Polish Munich School from the turn of the 20th century.

The exhibition includes 170 works that are not usually on public display since they come from private collections, and provides a cross-section of Kochanowski's life's work. Oil paintings are in the majority but there are also some drawings and watercolors.

Kochanowski was born in Cracow in 1857. He studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Cracow, the Fine Arts Academy in Vienna, and at the Munich Academy. He settled in Munich in 1881 and remained there until his death in 1945 despite many trips to Poland and frequent plans to return to his homeland.

While living in Munich, Kochanowski honed his skills in painting both Polish and German landscapes, still life and portraits. His paintings are small scale, almost miniatures in size, and concentrate on trees, peasant dwellings, riverbanks, marshes, meadows, autumnal forests and cornfields. His portraits mainly depict people he knew. During his studies in Vienna, he became fascinated by 17th-century Dutch art, and this love stayed with him throughout his life.

Kochanowski used rich, warm colors in shades of brown, white and gray in his paintings and searched for an individual style for each piece of work. He achieved a photographic effect in his paintings but was always true to fine art techniques. Thanks to his skill and perfectionism he was successful during his lifetime and his work is still admired today.

Until June 29 at the Śląskie Museum in Katowice, 3 Wojciecha Korfantego Ave.
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