Jozef Brandt .........(1)
(Szczebrzeszyn 1841 - 1915 Radom)

Born in 1841 in Szczebrzeszyn, Poland, Józef von Brandt made the acquaintance of his compatriot and horse painter Julius Kossak during his engineering studies at the Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris in 1859. Kossak immediately recognised his talent and probably encouraged him to pursue an artistic education. Together with Kossak, the young Brandt travelled several times to Poland and Ukraine to study painting before continuing his education in Munich. In 1863 he enrolled at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and during his studies he became a central figure in the Polish artists‘ colony in Munich, which included Alfred von Wierusz-Kowalski and Ladislaus von Czachórski. In the following years he trained as a pupil in the private studio of the well-known horse painter Franz Adam. Brandt appeared in public with paintings early on and showed one of his works in Krakow in 1863. He also opened his own studio as early as 1867. Joszef von Brandt, who achieved great fame with his large battle paintings that dealt with the Polish wars of the 17th century against the Tartars, the Swedes and the Turks, thus made a name for himself in two worlds, firstly, in the circle of Munich painters, where he was regularly represented at the Munich annual exhibitions from 1889 onwards and was awarded the Order of Merit of the Bavarian Crown, and secondly, in his native Poland, where he was offered the directorship of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow (Akademia Szutek Pieknych w Krakowie) in 1891. With the opening of his Munich studio and his close ties to the Bavarian royal family, as well as his brilliant successes at international exhibitions, his reputation grew, as did the interest in his paintings, which were skillfully executed. His works are characterised by a concise colourfulness and clever perspective, which lends vividness to the scenes. Most of his paintings show a departure or a journey through the steppe, but he never lacks horses, which he captures so wonderfully, as can be seen in the present lot.

Returning Home Oronsko (near Radom) Study of a Polish Horseman

"Returning Home", 1865, oil on canvas, 50.5 x 74.5 cm, private collection
"Oronsko (near Radom)", 1880s, oil on cardboard, 39 x 61 cm, National Museum, Kielce
"Study of a Polish Horseman", oil on canvas on cardboard, 15.5 x 21 cm, private collection

Start to the Hunt Marketplace Forager

"Start to the Hunt", oil on canvas, 64 x 120.5 cm, private collection
"Marketplace", c. 1869, oil on canvas, 27 x 48.5 cm, private collection
"Forager", prior to 1905, oil on canvas, 92 x 66 cm, private collection

Trumpeter Speeding Carriage Departing from Wilanow

"Trumpeter", c. 1905, oil on canvas, 45.5 x 60.5 cm, private collection
"Speeding Carriage", c. 1900, oil on canvas, 60.5 x 100.5 cm, private collection
"Departing from Wilanow", ok. 1897-98, oil on canvas, 76 x 151 cm, private collection

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