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Wladyslaw Galimski – Portrait of a Woman – 1924

Wladyslaw Galimski – Portrait of a Woman – 1924

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Portrait of an elegant woman. The artist’s signature, location (Kremenets) and date (1924) are visible in the upper left corner. There is also an illegible inscription on the back. The unidentified person depicted is quite likely a member of the artist's family. This oil on canvas painting is mounted on a newer stretcher. Modern art deco style frame, in very good condition, with a small restoration sign in the lower left corner.

Wladislav Mykhailovych Galimski was a Polish landscape painter. Of a noble family, he was born on 9 July 1860 in Kiev, Ukraine (then part of the Russian Empire) where his father was a university secretary.

He received his primary education at the Royal Gymnasium and School in Kiev. During 1878-1888, he studied at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts under such masters as P. Chistyakov, M. Klodt, V. Vereshchagin and M. Murashka, who had the greatest direct influence on Galimski's training as an artist. After graduating, the artist moved to Kiev, where he founded a painting and sculpture school, working there until 1921. In Kiev, in addition to teaching, Galimski was a member of the South Russian Artists' Association, founded by V. Vasnetsov. His Kiev period was marked not only by an outburst of creativity, but also by active exhibition activity. He participated in the society's exhibitions along with peers V. Kotarbinsky, V. Menko, S. Svetoslavsky, P. Svedomsky, A. Svedomsky, I. Rashevsky.

Galimski also participated in academic exhibitions between 1887 and 1891, spring exhibitions in the halls of the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts in 1898 and 1903, the Kiev Society for the Support of the Arts in the 1890s, the Kiev Art Society Exhibitions, of which he was a founding member, became a member of the Kiev Society of Artists in 1893, was a founding member of this society since 1916, Society for the Support of Artists in Warsaw (annually during 1900-1904 and 1913-1914).

Working diligently and creatively, the artist received the title of academician of painting in 1893. In 1917, the school founded by Galimski was renamed the Polish School of Fine Arts. The artist actively sought inspiration for his work, so he took every opportunity to travel. To this end, Galimski visited Africa, the Middle East, toured Russia (Caucasus, Siberia, Crimea) and Western Europe, and visited the United States, where he took part in an art exhibition in Chicago in 1893. Among Galimski's paintings, landscapes of southern Ukraine and Russia predominate in terms of subject, in particular, his famous works such as "Evening in Little Russia" in 1886, "View from the outskirts of Kiev" in 1887, "Lady Summer" in 1898. In 1900, there was a turning point in the artist's work, as elements of modernism and impressionism penetrated the artist's style and technique.

After the restoration of the Second Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Galimski moved to Poland in 1921. In search of work, he moved to Kremenets, where in 1924 he began working at the Kremenets Lyceum until 1932. The Kremenets period in the artist's work was quite prolific; he painted and actively exhibited his works, particularly at the exhibition organized by the Society for the Support of Artists in Warsaw in 1925 and 1928. In Kremenets, the artist surrounded himself with creatively gifted young people and actively participated in open-air summer events, which were organized under the patronage of the Kremenets Lyceum. He sought inspiration from the local landscapes and old architecture.

Towards the end of his life, he moved to the modern city of Bydgoszcz, Poland, where he died on 9 February 1940.

Galimski worked mainly with oils and pastels. His main body of work consists of landscapes, composite landscapes and cityscapes, which are represented in the collections of such institutions as the Ukrainian Museum of Fine Arts in Kiev, the Poltava Museum of Art and the State Russian Museum.

Sources: Barbara Brus-Malinowska: Polish Students of the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg in the 19th and early 20th century: Exhibition catalogue. National Museum, Warsaw, 1989; Biography - Krzemieniecko-Poczajowski State Historical and Architectural Reserve; Wikipedia Poland.

Artist: Wladyslaw Galimski (1860-1940).
Signed and dated in 1924.
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Condition: Very good condition.
Dimensions: 64 x 50 cm. / 25 ¼ x 19 ¾ in.
Frame: 78 x 64 cm. / 30 ¾ x 25 ¼ in. Gilt wood, very good condition.
Provenance: Canada.
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