Wilhelm Kotarbiński (1849 – 1921)


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Lot 94. Vasily Kotarbinsky (1849-1921) – Polish painter and draftsman
Oil on canvas, relined Poland, 1890s
Dimensions: 66.5 x 139.5 cm
Framed: 89.5 x 164 cm
Very good condition
Provenance: MacDougall’s, auction November 28, 2012, lot 190; private collection, Warsaw
Phantasmagoric -symbolical painting in the style of the Art Nouveau with an aura, that seems to be biblical
Estimate by Auctionata Expert: 80,000 Euro

Two dreamy musing women are depicted on a terrace, that appears to be antique, with a from cedars seamed sea on the background, in which the orange-red sun incandescently sinks. This is a characteristic-symbolic painting of the artist, which imparts the light atmosphere almost impressionistic. Kotarbinsky often composes his poetic, allegoric depictions on terraces, where he intensifies the panorama impression through the wide format of the painting. The bright light atmosphere and the subtle melancholy let the mostly in dark colors made painting to be related to the Fin de Siecle and the Art Nouveau.

The painting in a landscape format is in very good condition. It shows slight traces of use and age. Some color losses are partially noticeable, especially at the margins. The surface is craqueled in places. Under UV-light some retouches are noticeable. The dimensions of the canvas are 66.5 x 139.5 cm, the frame measures 89.5 x 164 cm.

Vasily (Wilhelm) Alexandrovich Kotarbinsky (1849-1921)
the born in Bieborow artist studied in Warsaw from 1867-71 and visited there the drawing class of Rafal Hadziwics. Since 1872 he visited the die Accademia di San Luca in Rome. In 1888 Kotarbinsky came back to Poland and settled in his house in Kalsk. He often took part at exhibitions of the Kiev’s Art Society and was in a regular exchange with several Russian artists. Together with other painters he participated in the design of the Vladimir Cathedral in Kiev and a lot of other churches. His works are to be found in the exhibitions of some Moscow’s, Cracow’s and Warsaw’s museums.

Starting Price : 40000. Auctionata. 12/7/15



Lot 95. Vasily (Wilhelm) Alexandrovich Kotarbinski (1849-1921) – Polish painter and draftsman Oil on canvas, relined Poland, 1890s
Signed ‘W Kotarbinski’ on the lower right
Dimensions: 80 x 136 cm
Gilt Stucco frame: 101 x 158 cm
Provenance: Russian private collection
Good condition
Monumental painting in landscape format with a subject, that is typical for the artist
Estimate by Auctionata Expert: 70,000 Euro

This is a characteristic symbolic painting of the artist, which imparts the light atmosphere almost impressionistic. Kotarbinski chose for this painting, as often, the Egypt’s pyramids as a curtain for his poetic allegorical depictions.
The painting is in good age-consistent condition. The canvas is relined. Under UV-light some small retouches at the margins and on the figures are to be noticed. The frame is a bit chipped on the rims and edges and also shows small color losses. The picture dimensions are 80 x 136 cm. The frame measures 101 x 158 cm.

Starting Price : 34000. Auctionata. 12/7/15

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