|Zawale 1883, Albert Chmielowski (going by the name, Adam, at the time).|
Chmielowski's style was crisp, clean, and literal, his palette relatively dark.
|Albert Chmielowski, 1886, painted|
shortly before entering the
priesthood by Aleksander Gierymski
|Girl With Hat, 1874,|
Adam Hilary Bernard Chmielowski was born on the outskirts of Krakow, Poland, in 1845, at a time when Poland was a part of the Russian Empire of Tsar Nicholas I. His family was aristocratic and well-to-do. He was the oldest of five children who, early on, lost both their parents. Adam and his brothers and sisters were raised by relatives. Chmielowski originally studied agriculture in college, then became involved in politics, losing a leg in 1863, at the age of eighteen (no anesthesia), as the result of an injury stemming from an anti-tzaris protest. His political activities forced him to leave Poland and settle in Ghent, Belgium, where he began studying engineering. Later, deciding to become an artist, he studied in Paris and Munich. He was able to return to Krakow in 1874 where he became a popular, if not particularly outstanding, artist.
|Ecce Homme (Behold, the Man), 1881, Albert Chmielowski|
|Saint Brother Albert Chmielowski, 1934, Leon Wyczolkowski|