Teofil Kwiatkowski (1809 – 1891)

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Teofil Kwiatkowski. Meeting of Frédéric Chopin and George Sand

Akwarela Teofila Kwiatkowskiego przedstawiająca Fryderyka Chopina i Geogre Sand z córką. Praca może zostać hitem na rynku o ile jej opis jest dokonany odręcznym pismem Kwiatkowskiego.


Lot 83. DRAWINGS, WATERCOLOURS & GOUACHES – KWIATKOWSKI, Teofil (Polish 1809 – 1891). Meeting of Frédéric Chopin and George Sand (Aurore duDevant, born Dupin). ‘Aquarel gouaché’ on paper, heightened with gold, signed ‘T. Kwiatkowski’ (lower left), with 2 mounted pieces of paper with biographical information on the painter and inscribed with title ‘Rencontre de F. Chopin et Aurore duDevant’ (on the reverse), 11.3 x 15.3 cm. Ca. 1840. Provenance: Antique shop Utrecht. Estimated Price: €300 – €700. [Sprzedano za 2,400 euro]. Adams Amsterdam. April 6, 2014.

Nicely framed. M. Kwiatkowski portrayed his friend Chopin frequently, and in many ways. This painting shows an early encounter of Chopin and George Sand, with her daughter Solange, with the ‘Tour de Philippe le Bel’, a medieval tower in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, France in the background. Chopin and Sand met for the first time in 1836. According to Franz Liszt (who quotes Ferdinand Hiller) Sand didn’t make a very good first impression on his fellow composer: “what an unpleasant woman, that Mrs Sand! Is she really a woman? I allow myself to doubt”. This appearance didn’t prevent her to establish romantic relationships with Musset, Balzac, Hugo, Stendhal, Lamartine, Delacroix, Liszt and many others. Chopin obviously changed his mind in 1838 and their relationship lasted until two years before he died. Chopin wrote his best works during the ten years they were together. His close friend Eugène Delacroix was introduced to him by George Sand and he is the man that gives legendary proportions to the double portrait by Kwiatkowski. Delacroix painted them together but never finished the portrait. After his death the new owners cut the painting in two, possibly because two paintings would sell for a higher price than one, and the novelist and the composer were separated forever: Chopin is in the Louvre now, Sand in the Ordrupgaard Museum in Copenhagen. But here, on this romantic little painting from their palmy days in the south of France, they will stay together for good

2 thoughts on “Teofil Kwiatkowski (1809 – 1891)

  1. Chyba przecenia Pan wielkość rynku na polską sztukę XIX stulecia.
    Nawet najbardziej popularni artyści tego okresu nie są już tak poszukiwani.
    Teofil Kwiatkowski to wybitny twórca, ale zarobić na nim trudno bo zainteresowanie jest małe

    • 1. Na dobre prace zawsze będzie popyt, niezależnie od okresu powstania.
      2. Na te samą pracę można patrzeć oczami kolekcjonera i dobrze spać w nocy ciesząc się z jej posiadania lub oczami handlarza i źle spać nocą denerwując się z jej przepłacenia. Ceny zawsze ustala rynek a ten zmienia się jak zresztą wszystko.

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