Olga Boznańska

Olga Boznańska (15 April 1865 – 26 October 1940) was a Polish painter of the turn of the 20th century. She was a notable female painter in Poland and Europe, and was stylistically associated with the French impressionism.[1]

Olga Boznańska
Olga Boznańska 1893 Autoportret 1893
Self-portrait, 1893
Born15 April 1865
Died26 October 1940 (aged 75)
Known forPainter

Career highlights

Boznańska was born in Kraków during foreign partitions of Poland. She was the daughter of a railway engineer, Adam Nowina Boznański, and Eugenia née Mondan of French origin. Boznańska learned drawing first with Józef Siedlecki and Kazimierz Pochwalski locally. She studied at the Adrian Baraniecki School for Women. She débuted in 1886 at the Kraków Association of Friends of Fine Arts exhibition.

From 1886–1890 she studied art in the private schools of Karl Kricheldorf and Wilhelm Dürr in Munich. From then on she devoted herself mostly to portraits, still lifes and occasionally landscapes. In 1898, she joined the Society of Polish Artists "Sztuka" and in the same year moved to Paris, where she became a member of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts and started teaching at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière[2] and joined the Polish Society of Literature and Art (Polskie Towarzystwo Literacko-Artystyczne).[3]

Her most famous 1894 portrait of an unknown child Girl with Chrysanthemums fascinated her contemporaries by its symbolist atmosphere and psychological insight.[3] Boznańska received the French Legion of Honour in 1912, the Golden Laurel of the Polish Academy of Literature in 1936, and in 1938 she was awarded the Order of Polonia Restituta. She died in Paris at the age of 75.

Olga Boznanska Portrait of a woman

Portrait of a woman, 1888

Olga Boznańska 1902 Macierzynstwo

Motherhood, 1902

Olga Boznańska Roze w wazonie


Olga Boznańska 1906 Portret dziewczynek

Two girls cuddling, 1906

Boznańska Girl with chrysanthemums

Girl with Chrysanthemums, 1894


  1. ^ "Boznańska Olga". Malarstwo, Europa; początek XX w. Encyklopedia WIEM, Onet.pl. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  2. ^ (pl)zwoje-scrolls.com Archived 2016-03-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b Irena Kossowska, Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk (July 2002). "Olga Boznańska". Sztuki wizualne. Warsaw: Instytut Adama Mickiewicza Culture.pl. Retrieved November 6, 2012.

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