Henryk Rodakowski .........(2)
(Lviv July 9, 1823 - December 28, 1894 Cracow)


Postman Peasant Sculptor Self-Portrait at the Easel

"Postman", 1867, watercolour on paper, 32 x 23 cm, Lubusz Museum, Gorzow Wielkopolski
"Peasant Sculptor", 1867, watercolour on paper, 32 x 23 cm, Lubusz Museum, Gorzow Wielkopolski
"Self-Portrait at the Easel", 1858, oil on canvas, 60 x 45 cm, National Museum, Cracow

Self-Portrait Portrait of Wiktor Rodakowski Portrait of the Artist's Aunt

"Self-Portrait", 1849, oil on canvas, 56 x 46 cm, National Museum, Warsaw
"Portrait of Wiktor Rodakowski", 1851, oil on canvas, 59 x 47 cm, National Museum, Cracow
"Portrait of the Artist's Aunt", sketch, 1851, oil on canvas, 52 x 40.5 cm, National Museum, Warsaw

Helen of Troy Apotheosizing of Odysseus Guard Siege of Troy

"Helen of Troy Apotheosizing of Odysseus", watercolour on paper, 15 x 20 cm, National Museum, Warsaw
"Guard", c. 1868, oil on canvas, 100 x 70 cm, Museum of Art, Lodz
"The Siege of Troy", watercolour, pen on paper, 14.4 x 20.2 cm, National Museum, Warsaw

Henryk Rodakowski, who made an excellent debut at the 1852 Salon, where he received a gold medal for his Portrait of General Henryk Dembinski, praised in a poem by Cyprian Kamil Norwid, was (...) trained in Paris. The following year, Rodakowski featured his Portrait of the Artist's Mother, the "masterpiece" lauded by Delacroix. Although a born portrait painter, Rodakowski felt the need to create historical compositions, with themes taken from the history of Poland. Increasingly intense anticipation of a "Polish epic work" was the foremost challenge for painters of his generation. Nonetheless, despite enormous effort put into their realisation, historical canvases by Rodakowski remain scarce and unconvincing, and did not progress beyond the initial stage." [*]

Artist’s paintings in: malarze.com

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