Lot 314
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Spring Auction: European Fine Art 2019
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Wojciech Kossak (1856-1942)

The Battle of Zorndorf, fought on 25 August 1758, during the Seven Years' War.

signed and dated 'Wojcieck Kossak 1899' (lower right)

oil on canvas, 69x138 cm

Wojciech Kossak (Paris, France, 31 December 1856 – 29 July 1942, Kraków, Poland) was a noted Polish painter and member of the celebrated Kossak family of artists and writers. He was the son of painter Juliusz Kossak (1824–1899), and twin brother of freedom fighter Tadeusz Kossak, and the father of two highly talented literary daughters, Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska and Magdalena Samozwaniec and of a painter son, Jerzy Kossak (1886–1955). Wojciech Horacy Kossak’s middle name was in honour of his godfather, the French painter Horace Vernet (1789-1863). Kossak began his education when he went to middle school in Warsaw; he simultaneously studied painting with his father Juliusz. Between 1871-1873, he studied at the School of Drawing and Painting (later Kraków Academy of Fine Arts), until 1875 followed by the Munich Academy of Fine Arts.

His historical painting was different in style from that of his predecessor Jan Matejko (1838-1893). Kossak belonged to a new generation of Polish battle-scene artists influenced by the work of his father Juliusz. However, like Matejko, he is known for depicting the history of Polish armed struggle and notable Polish battles of Central and Eastern Europe against foreign oppressors.

This war was fought between Russian troops commanded by Count William Fermor and a Prussian army commanded by King Frederick the Great. The battle was tactically inconclusive, with both armies holding their ground and claiming victory. The site of the battle was the Prussian village of Zorndorf (now Sarbinowo, Poland).

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€ 42.000,00

Hamerprijs: € 42.000

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