Józef Brandt

Bolesław Szańkowski (1871/73-1953): Portrait of Józef Brandt, 1910.
Bolesław Szańkowski (1871/73-1953): Portrait of Józef Brandt, 1910. Oil on canvas, 162 x 112 cm, National Museum in Warsaw/Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie, Inv. No. MP 961

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After studying painting in Munich from 1860 onwards, Józef Brandt (1841-1915), who called himself Josef von Brandt on account of his Polish aristocratic title, celebrated brilliant successes with large battle paintings recaling the 17th century Polish wars against the Tatars, the Turks and the Swedes. Smaller paintings on the same theme as well as genre pictures from Polish folk life proved highly popular amongst collectors in Germany, England and the USA. With the opening of his Munich studio in 1875, when he publicly exhibited a collection of Polish antiquities used as models for his paintings, he became the leading figure in the Polish artists' colony in Munich. His close connection to the Bavarian royal family and his great successes at international exhibitions earned him titles, decorations and medals in the 1880s/90s. In Poland he is still remembered for his school of painting on his estate at Oronsko, which he had acquired by marriage, and for his national-polish motifs.

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Józef Brandt – A Polish painter prince in Munich

 

In earlier centuries, the studios of artists were a one-to-one reflection of their social status. Anyone who who was still young or artistically and financially unsuccessful, like Marcello and Rodolfo in Giacomo Puccini's opera "La Bohème", had to settle for a freezing attic above the city roofs. Artists who had no heating had to be prepared for the worst, in this case according to the outline of the opera (which takes place around the year 1830 and premiered in 1896), with the death from consumption of their great love, Mimi. For successful artists, however, their studio was not only their daily workplace, but also the place where they received students, fellow artists, collectors, high-ranking personalities and travellers from all over the world. One famous example is the studio of the Viennese history painter Hans Makart (1840-1884), who after his return from Rome in 1872 set up a new painting studio in Vienna and furnished it lavishly with heavy wall hangings, tall, elaborately carved furniture, carpets, brass objects, antiques, weapons and huge bouquets of dried flowers and palm fronds. Here he welcomed the Austrian Empress Elisabeth, threw parties and greeted groups of tourists during the afternoon.

It is therefore no coincidence that three years later a Polish painter in Munich, Józef Brandt (fig. 1), who called himself Josef (occasionally Joseph), von Brandt on account of his Polish aristocratic background, set up a very similar studio after working for twelve years on dramatic equestrian, battle and Cossack paintings, and achieved a prestigious social position in the capital of the Kingdom of Bavaria. He and Makart were almost the same age and studied under the same professor: Makart was born in Salzburg in 1840 and, after initial semesters at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, moved to the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich in 1860 to join the history painter Carl Theodor von Piloty (1826-1886). Brandt was born in 1841 and enrolled in the Munich Academy in 1863 after studying engineering in Paris. Somewhat later he studied under Piloty, but mostly in Franz Adam's private studios (1815-1886) and in Theodor Horschelt's (1829-1871) watercolour painting courses.

Brandt's studio also became a public attraction. In the years before, he had collected props and antiques needed as models for his paintings, on journeys through Poland and the Ukraine. He acquired them from other artists or impoverished aristocratic families and occasionally paid for them with paintings.[1] This resulted in an extensive collection of Turkish tents, Persian carpets, antique curtains and fabrics, oriental seating and tables, Renaissance and Baroque furniture, weapons used by Polish hussars, sabres, pistols, horse saddles and harnesses, pieces of armour, helmets and shields as well as musical instruments and costumes with their corresponding figures. In 1874/75 he moved into a spacious studio at Schwanthalerstraße 19 in the Ludwigsvorstadt,[2] a suburb not far from Karlsplatz and the old part of Munich, which he decorated with these artefacts, used them as models for his painting and stored them there. The space was originally a five-room apartment on the third floor of a newly built apartment building, which he rebuilt and in which he was to work for the next forty years.

 

[1] Agnieszka Bagińska: „Atelje jako rzecz malarska“. Pracownia Józefa Brandta przy Schwanthalerstraße 19 w Monachium/“The Studio as a painting subject matter“. Józef Brandt’s studio at 19 Schwanthalerstraße in Munich, in the Orońsko exhibition catalogue 2015 (see further reading), page 41

[2] First recorded in Adressbuch von München für das Jahr 1875, Seite 126, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Digitalisat:  http://opacplus.bsb-muenchen.de/title/4273833/ft/bsb11313519?page=5 (called up on 1.11.2017) 

Thanks to contemporary reports, including letters from Brandt himself, we know a great deal about the furnishings, the function of the individual rooms and what took place there. When he was nine years old Andrzej Daszewski, one of his grandsons, saw the studio and wrote about it later.[3] On one side of the corridor there were two painting studios. The larger one was equipped with oriental sofas, a table with inlays and furniture from the 16th and 17th centuries. It was decorated with numerous weapons and armour. The walls were covered with a Turkish tent and there was a Persian rug on the floor. Easels and shelves for the paint and the brushes served as painting utensils. The painter Władysław  Szerner (1836-1915), a friend of Brandt, worked for many years in the second studio, where Brandt stored his armour and musical instruments. When Brandt was away - and this was mostly the case as the Polish painter Anna Bilińska (1857-1893) wrote about a trip to Munich in 1882 - Szerner admitted visitors and acted as an official curator of the collection.[4] Opposite there was a room for storing costumes, graphics and books, while another room housed an exemplary arsenal of historical weapons, armour and regimental banners from various European countries. The walls there were also covered with a Turkish tent.

Like Makart, Brandt also used his studio for celebrations and welcoming members of the royal family. In a letter to his mother in Poland in 1876, he wrote that he had celebrated his name day in the studio with pupils and artist friends (especially from the Polish colony), like Tadeusz Ajdukiewicz and Szerner. On the following Monday Prince Luitpold had visited him personally to offer him his best wishes. At the carnival celebration of the Munich artists under the motto "A Court Festivity for Charles V.", in which Makart and members of the royal family were also involved, he caused a great sensation by equipping a Turkish troupe with props from his studio.[5]

Prince Luitpold of Bavaria (1821-1912),  who had been Prince Regent since 1886, was known for his love of paintings. His unexpected visits to the studios, including those of young artists, through whom he got to know a large part of the Munich artists' community, were an early passion that he retained for decades and which became legendary during the years of his reign.[6]  As Prince Regent he promoted the arts by creating foundations, and constructing numerous cultural buildings like the new building for the Academy of Arts (1886) and the Bavarian National Museum (1893-1900). He was also an important art collector. In an almost inflationary manner he appointed artists as professors and elevated them to the rank of nobility by awarding them the Bavarian Order of Merit. Two-thirds of the newly appointed academy professors held nobility titles.[7]

 

[3] Andrzej Daszewski: Zbiory militariów Józefa Brandta, in: Muzealnictwo Wojskowe, Warschau 1985, page 68-76. The Jacek Malczewski Museum in Radom/Muzeum im. Jacka Malczewskiego w Radomiu posesses photos of the studio taken in 1915; there is an illustration by Agnieszka Bagińska (see note 1) on page 47. On the genealogy of Józef Brandt cf. http://www.sejm-wielki.pl/b/zi.4.7.b (called up on 2.11.2017).

[4] Agnieszka Bagińska (see note 1), page 44

[5] Daszewski 1985 (see note 3), pages 60, 62; Agnieszka Bagińska (see note 1), page 45

[6] Birgit Jooss: „Ein Tadel wurde nie ausgesprochen“. Prinzregent Luitpold als Freund der Künstler, in: Ulrike Leutheusser/Hermann Rumschöttel (editors): Prinzregent Luitpold von Bayern. Ein Wittelsbacher zwischen Tradition und Moderne, München 2012, pages 152, 167

[7] Ibid, page 159 f.

On the one hand Brandt's artistic success, his lavishly furnished studio, the collection associated with it, and his proximity to the royal family, enabled him to claim a social position similar to that of Makart, the so-called "artists' prince" of the era; and on the other, to the classical Munich "painter-prince" Franz von Lenbach (1836-1904), also a student of Piloty, Friedrich August von Kaulbach (1850-1920) and Franz von Stuck (1863-1928). While Brandt had an aristocratic background, Makart, Lenbach and Stuck all came from simple families. Makart was the son of a room keeper at Salzburg's Mirabell Castle, Lenbach was the son of a master builder from Schrobenhausen, Stuck was a miller's son from Tettenweis in the district of Passau. Kaulbach's father was the history painter Friedrich Kaulbach, a cousin of the director of the Munich Art Academy, Wilhelm von Kaulbach. But it was neither an inherited nor a conferred aristocratic title that made the painters "artist princes", but the visit of the Prince Regent to their studios,[8] where the sovereign and the "aristocrat of genius", as the art writer Friedrich Pecht (1814-1903) described the painter Wilhelm von Kaulbach,[9] could meet on equal terms. The "painter prince" cultivated "contacts with the greats of this world", writes Pecht about Piloty.[10]

Brandt, Lenbach, Kaulbach, Stuck and many other Munich artists of the time orientated themselves around Makart and designed their studios as meeting points for high society.[11] Lenbach opened his studio tor the nobility and passing aristocracy, Kaulbach displayed his art treasures from Tintoretto to Tiepolo during fixed opening hours, and Stuck arranged his painting studio to look like an architectural consecration area. From the 1860s onwards Munich travel guides began to feature the addresses and, in some cases, the opening hours of the artist's studios in order to guide the streams of tourists to the right places. English-speaking guides highlighted Brandt's studio and described its owner as an example of "a particularly successful master of the exotic genre and owner of an out-of-the-ordinary showroom".[12]

In contrast to Brandt, the Germans in Munich lived in representative villas where the studio was the centre of attention. During this time Lenbach 1885, Kaulbach 1887 and Stuck 1898,[13]  were given personal aristocratic titles  and overwhelmed with orders and offices. However, Brandt did not have to hide behind his colleagues. As early as 1877 he married Helena von Woyciechowski Pruszak/z Woyciechowskich Pruszakowa, owner of the Orońsko estate and a representative manor house [14] fifteen kilometres south-west of the Mazovian town of Radom in the Russian-ruled Poland Congress. From then on he worked there in a painting academy that he organised during the summer months along with other painters from the Polish artists' colony. In 1878 he was appointed honorary professor at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts, and in 1898 he was awarded the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art.

 

[8] Brigitte Langer: Das Münchener Künstleratelier des Historismus, Dachau 1992, pages 51, 66

[9] Friedrich Pecht: Deutsche Künstler des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts. Studien und Erinnerungen, 2. Reihe, Nördlingen, 2. Auflage, 1887, page 96

[10] Friedrich Pecht: Ein Malerfürst der Gegenwart, in: Die Gartenlaube, 1880, Heft 40, page 651

[11] Langer 1992 (see note 8), page 66-74

[12] Ibid, page 55 f.

[13] Birgit Joos: „Bauernsohn, der zum Fürsten gedieh“. Die Inszenierungsstrategien der Künstlerfürsten im Historismus, in: Plurale. Zeitschrift für Denkversionen, 5, 2005, page 203-213

[14] The mansion, now known as the Pałac Józefa Brandta, is a building in the style of an Italian villa from the Neorenaissance period in the second half of the 19. century. It was presumably designed by the architect Francesco/Franciszek Maria Lanci (1799-1875). It was plundered during the First World War by German troops whilst Brandt was still alive. Now it houses the Centre for Polish Sculpture/Centrum Rzeźby Polskiej w Orońsku; online: http://www.rzezba-oronsko.pl/EN/index.php?jozef_brandt%E2%80%99s_palace,41 (called up on 5.11.2017)

Soon after its opening Brandt's atelier also caused a sensation in Poland. Apparently on the basis of a photograph, Szerner drew a view of the larger studio, with Brandt sitting in front of his easel leafing through an illustrated book, with a palette of paint at his feet. It was published in June 1876 in the Warsaw magazine Kłosy (Engl: Ears, as in wheat) as a wood engraving by the woodcutter Jan Styfi (1841-1921) (fig. 2). In his "Letters from Munich" in the same magazine that October, the Polish writer Józef Ignacy Kraszewski (1812-1887), who was based in Dresden, described Brandt's studio in detail, as a "truly historical museum".[15] In December the Warsaw magazine Tygodnik Illustrowany (Engl: Illustrated Weekly) published a view of the two larger studio rooms, again drawn by Szerner, but this time without the painter. It was accompanied by an extensive article on Brandt's work.[16] Placed on a double-page spread, Paweł Boczkowski's (1860-1905) engraved wooden sheet showed a splendid frame decorated with objects from the collection, crowned by a picture of the Black Madonna with a halo of sabres and pistols.[17] (fig. 3)

In 1889, the Munich photographer Carl Teufel (1845-1912), - a specialist in interior photography and photo templates for painters of landscapes, animals, horse-drawn carriages, farms and scenes from the working world -  photographed around 240 "Studios of Munich artists" and published them in an alphabetically arranged three-volume work: Brandt's studio was also included.[18] (fig. 4) In 1890 one of the three photos taken at Brant's studio appeared in the Krakow periodical Świat (Engl. World),[19] another in 1899 in the periodical Tygodnik Illustrowany.[20] (fig. 5) In 1903 in his article published in the magazine Życie i Sztuka (Engl. Life and Art) and entitled "A visit to Józef Brandt in Munich", the Polish painter and art critic Władysław Wankie (1860-1925) - he came to Munich to study in 1882 and was a member of the Polish artists' circle around Brandt for twenty years [21] -  wrote that "few people in Poland possess such a wealth of historical objects as he does".[22] In 1920, five years after Brandt's death, all the pieces of equipment in his studio (there were more than 330), were taken to the National Museum in Warsaw, according to his wishes.[23]

 

[15] Listy J. I. Kraszewskiego. Monachium w Październiku 1876 r., in: Kłosy, 1876, Band XXIII, Nr. 591, page 274, column 3. Digital version: http://www.wbc.poznan.pl/dlibra/publication?id=117872&tab=3 (called up on 4.11.2017)

[16] J. Wojciechowski: Józef Brandt, in: Tygodnik Illustrowany, 1876, Band II, Nr. 52, page 412-414; Digital version: http://bcul.lib.uni.lodz.pl/dlibra/publication?id=1571&tab=3 (called up on 4.11.2017)

[17] A sketch of the painted frame can be found in the Jacek Malczewski Museum in Radom/Muzeum im. Jacka Malczewskiego w Radomiu, along with the photos from which the drawing was made, one photo is by Agnieszka Bagińska (see note 1), page 48, cf. there note 23.

[18] Carl Teufel: Ateliers Münchener Künstler, 3 Bände, München 1889, here: Band 1, unnumbered plate 9; Digital version: http://daten.digitale-sammlungen.de/~db/0011/bsb00110288/images/index.html?id=00110288&groesser=&fip=193.174.98.30&no=&seite=21 (called up on 5.11.2017)

[19] S. Fabijański: Pracownia Józefa Brandta, in: Świat 1890, page 517

[20] Pracownia profesora Józefa Brandta w Monachium, in: Tygodnik Illustrowany, 1899, Band II, Nr. 40, page 789; Digital version: http://bcul.lib.uni.lodz.pl/dlibra/publication?id=1491&tab=3. Glass plates and prints of all three photos are now in the picture archive in Marburg, cf. fig. 5; online: http://www.bildindex.de/document/obj05220214?part=0&medium=fm121569 (both called up on 5.11.2017)

[21] Władysław Wankie: U Józefa Brandta w Monachium, in: Życie i Sztuka, 1903, Nr. 48, page 2

[22] Quoted from Agnieszka Bagińska (see note 1), page 46

[23] Ibid, page 48. Now the collection can be found in the various departments of the National Museum in Warsaw/Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie and the Museum of the Polish Army/Muzeum Wojska Polskiego.

Józef  Stanisław Brandt grew up in a wealthy aristocratic Polish family, where academic studies, cultural education in the form of music, literature and fine arts and the possession of agricultural goods were taken for granted. He was born on 11th February 1841 in the small town of Szczebrzeszyn, fifty kilometres south-east of Lublin, where his father worked as chief physician in a hospital. His grandfather, Franciszek Antoni (1777-1837), a physician and professor of anatomy, had earned an extremely distinguished record in Warsaw's health care system, and been elevated to the nobility. During his high school and university years, his father Alfons Jan (1812-1846), belonged to a circle of young aristocrats around the composer Frédéric Chopin. He also became a doctor of medicine and surgery, but died at the age of 34 during a typhoid epidemic when Józef was five years old. His mother, Anna Krystyna (1811-1878), raised her son in Warsaw, supported by her brother Stanisław Lessel, the owner of the estate and a horse lover, her brother-in-law, the doctor Adam Bogumił Helbich, and Józef's godfather, Count Andrzej Zamoyski. His mother was already a talented amateur painter; and his uncle Lessel also painted, kept up close contacts with artists and owned an art collection. Helbich, who leased his Konary estate at Radom to Lessel, was also an art collector. The grandfather on his mother's side, Friedrich/Fryderyk Albert Lessel (1767-1822), an architect from Dresden, was a master builder in Warsaw who designed aristocratic residences and blocks of apartments for the upper-classes.[24]

Józef spent his summer holidays with the Lessels on the Konary estate[25] or on the Orońsko estate with his school friend Aleksander Pruszak (1837-1873), whose father was also a member of the circle around Chopin. Even as a boy he was a passionate rider. He completed his secondary school studies with distinction at the Warsaw Aristocracy Institute (Instytut Szlachecki) in 1858. The following year, Zamoyski sent him to study engineering at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, but he abandoned this after one year in order to to study painting. Armed with a letter of recommendation from Lessel he contacted the painter of hunting, battle and horse scenes, Juliusz Kossak (1842-1899), who had studied in Lemberg at the painting school of Jan Maszkowski (1793-1865) and lived in Paris between 1855 and 1860. Together with Kossak he visited the Paris museums and probably received his first painting lessons. He also studied under the historical painter Léon Cogniet (1794-1880) and under his pupil, Henryk Rodakowski (1823-1894) from Lemberg. Together with Kossak he travelled on several occasions to study painting in Wolhynia, Podolia and Bessarabia. In Paris and Warsaw he met the portrait painter Józef Simmler (1823-1868), who was eighteen years his senior, and studied in Munich from 1840 onwards with Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794-1872), among others. Simmler, Kossak and Lessel encouraged Brandt to continue his studies in Munich. The capital of the Kingdom of Bavaria was known for the high quality of its artistic education at the Academy of Fine Arts, for its important art collections and the liberal attitudes of the population. This explains why numerous Poles were studying art in Munich.[26]

 

[24] Tomasz Adam Pruszak: Józef Brandt w kręgu rodziny i przyjaciół/Józef Brandt with his family and friends, in the Orońsko exhibition catalogue 2015 (see further reading), page 53-55

[25] Now the Pałac Domaniowski, http://www.polskiezabytki.pl/m/obiekt/3976/Konary/ (called up on 14.11.2017)

[26] Axel Feuß: Polnische Künstler in München 1828-1914, at Porta Polonica, http://www.porta-polonica.de/de/Atlas-der-Erinnerungsorte/polnische-kuenstler-muenchen-1828-1914

In 1862/63 Brandt moved to Munich to study painting in the private studio of the history painter Alexander Strähuber (1814-1882), a pupil of Schnorr von Carolsfeld. On 17th February 1863 he enrolled at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, and like most of the academy's students began his studies in the antiquity class[27], after which he studied under Carl von Piloty, who mainly painted history scenes.[28] But he also found pictures of battles and horses similar to those by Kossak, painted outside the academy by Franz Adam (1815-1886),[29] who arrived in 1860 from Italy to Munich and in whose private studio Brandt received further instruction. He also attended watercolour painting courses given by Theodor Horschelt (1829-1871), who was known for war scenes from Caucasia and Algeria.

Even at this early stage, Brandt was showing his own works in public. In 1863 he presented his painting “The March of the Lisowskis“ (Pochód Lisowczyków, fig. 6), at the Society of Friends of the Fine Arts in Krakow/Towarzystwo Przyjaciół Sztuk Pięknych w Krakowie. It received so much approval and recognition that the society's board of directors commissioned the Berlin engraver Hermann Droehmer (1820-1890) to reproduce it as an annual gift for the members. The scene shows the Lisowski Cossacks, originally recruited and trained by the Lithuanian nobleman Aleksander Lisowski (around 1580-1616) in operation during the Polish-Ottoman War of 1620-21, a subject which Brandt was to deal with in future paintings. The picture shows that he was already a virtuoso in this genre and had long since outstripped his teacher, Adam, with his concise colourfulness, skilful perspective, the vivid scene and the elegance of the horses.

He also produced genre motifs like “Jews taking their Horses to Market” (ca.1865, fig. 7) and “Polish Peasant's Horse and Carriage” (1865, fig. 8), where the composition and perspective, the characteristics of the horses and the gestures of the characters involved are similar to the previous Cossack painting.[30] Nor is this a battle painting, because the main pictorial elements, apart from its studies of animals, the picturesque costumes and carriages, are really genre motifs. Brandt's continued interest in 17th century themes, the era of the Polish wars, as well as the landscape and folk culture of the Polish border areas, can be attributed to the early influence of Kossak and their joint travels, from which Brandt certainly brought sketches to use in his paintings.

 

[27] Matrikeldatenbank, Matrikelbuch 2, Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, 01934 Josef Brandt, http://matrikel.adbk.de/matrikel/mb_1841-1884/jahr_1863/matrikel-01934 , Digital version: http://daten.digitale-sammlungen.de/~db/bsb00004661/images/index.html?id=00004661&fip=217.237.113.238&no=&seite=197 (called up on 16.11.2017)

[28] Carl Theodor von Piloty: Gründung der Liga durch Herzog Max I. von Bayern, 1852; Columbus, 1865; Thusnelda im Triumphzug des Germanicus, 1873, all in the Neue Pinakothek, München

[29] Franz Adam: Weißes Maultier, circa 1870/80; Vor dem Ausritt, 1871, both in the Neue Pinakothek, München; Scene from the Austrian-Italian War, 1872, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, München

[30] The dark tones and overall yellow impression in the painting in the Munich Lenbachhaus (fig. 8) can presumably be attributed to dirt and aging varnish.

In 1867 he painted his first wall-sized battle painting,"The Battle of Chocim" (fig. 9), which also shows a scene from the Polish-Ottoman War, namely the defence of the Polish fortress against the Turks with the support of the Cossack army in September 1621. At the centre of the scene is the Lithuanian commander Jan Karol Chodkiewicz (1560-1621), who, from his white horse, gives the signal for the attack with a raised staff. The coloured costumes of the cavalry soldiers are once more important motifs in the middle of the detailed depiction of the steppe, the turmoil of battle and the gun smoke.The monumental painting was shown at the Paris World Exhibition in the year it was created and moved Friedrich Pecht to compare it with Theodor Horschelt's paintings of a battle in Caucasia: "Brandt's beautiful painterly talent, (he was a pupil of Adam's), was not so completely successful in portraying the physical aspects of the battle of Choczin. On the other hand, there is a rich and captivating imagination in the composition which equally shows his talent for colour".[32]

In1867 Brandt wrote a letter to Helbich describing his first own painting studio at 23 Schillerstraße in Ludwigsvorstadt, which would become one of the most beautiful in Munich.[32] However, in reality the address was that of Adam's studio, where Brandt apparently rented a room. Kossak, who studied with Adam for another year in Munich in 1868/69, described the situation there in a letter to the Warsaw painter Marcin Olszyński (1829-1904). In the first of the three interconnected studios Adam would teach his students, including Aleksander Gierymski (1850-1901), Kossak himself worked in the second with Aleksander's brother, Maksymilian Gierymski (1646-1874), with Brandt in the third.[33] In 1870 Brandt moved to an apartment in the nearby Landwehrstraße, where he used one room as his studio.[34] In 1871 he registered his address in the next street at 13 Schillerstrasse.[35] This was not far from Schwanthalerstrasse, where he moved into a splendid studio three or four years later: this was to be his final studio. In 1869 he exhibited two paintings at the I. International Art Exhibition in the Royal Glass Palace in Munich.[36] There he was awarded a gold medal for the paintings "A Fair in a Small Town in the region of Krakow" and "Episode from the Thirty Years' War: General-in-Chief Strojnowski presents Archduke Leopold I. with the horses of the Palatine Count on the Rhine, captured by the Polish volunteer forces”.[37] In this exhibition Adam exhibited, among other, a "Retreat from Moscow in 1812" and the painting "During the Battle of Solferino 1859".

 

[31] Friedrich Pecht: Kunst und Kunstindustrie auf der Weltausstellung von 1867. Pariser Briefe, Leipzig 1867, page 132, Digital version: Heidelberger historische Bestände, http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/pecht1867/0143?sid=370ce68bd05bb80088aa5dc7b9302c97 (called up on 17.11.2017)

[32] Eliza Ptaszyńska: Dunkle Wälder, nackte Ebenen und Schnee, in: Jednodniówka – Eintagszeitung. Neuausgabe 2008 (see further reading), page XI

[33] Halina Stepień: Franz Adam und sein Schülerkreis in Polen, in: Albrecht Adam und seine Familie, exhibition catalogue Münchner Stadtmuseum 1981/82, page 37 f.

[34] Ptaszyńska 2008 (see note 32), page XI

[35] Adressbuch von München für das Jahr 1871, page 129, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Digital version: http://opacplus.bsb-muenchen.de/title/4273829/ft/bsb11038697?page=5  (called up on 17.11.2017)

[36] Catalogue of the I. International Art Exhibition in the Royal Glass Palace in Munich, München 1869, page 32 f.; Digital version: http://daten.digitale-sammlungen.de/0000/bsb00001760/images/index.html?fip=193.174.98.30&id=00001760&seite=1  (called up on 17.11.2017)

[37] “He was awarded the Gold Medal at the Munich International Exhibition in 1869.” Max Jordan: Catalogue of the Royal National Gallery in Berlin, part one, Berlin 1883, page 24, Digital version: https://archive.org/stream/katalogderknigl02jordgoog#page/n351/mode/2up/search/Brandt (called up on 20.11.2017)

During the summer holidays Brandt regularly travelled to Poland to visit his family in Warsaw and Konary, where Helbich and his family had settled in 1867. He first visited his friend Aleksander Pruszak in Galicia, where he had fled after the January uprising in 1863 and met his future wife, Helena von Woyciechowski. Helena and Pruszak were married in 1866 and settled at the estate in Orońsko. Brandt is said to have told friends that If he ever married a woman, it would be Helena. Pruszak's mother, Amelia, loved the presence of artists and ran an artistic and literary salon in Orońsko, where plays and concerts were held alongside discussions. The uncles, Helbich and Lesser, were not the only regular guests here. Brandt also stayed for several days. He is alleged to have set up his first studio for students of painting in Orońsko in 1866. Amelia Pruszak died in 1867, and in 1873 Aleksander passed away at the tender age of 36. After a discreet period of mourning, Brandt married Helena, his friend's widow and owner of the Orońsko estate, in June 1877.[38]

Genre motifs seem to have been by far the main themes in Brandt's work “Parting” (1867),[39] which shows a Cossack saying farewell to his wife on the edge of a village; “Grazing Horses” (1869, fig. 10) with a boy playing music to his sister; “A Break in a Small Town” (circa 1870, fig. 12) and “In the Tavern” (fig. 13), where both scenes portray horses at a streetside inn; “Waiting for the Boat” (1871, fig. 15), which shows peasants and traders resting with their waggons and horses before crosssing a river; “A Break in the Steppe” (undated, fig. 20); and “Cossack with a Girl at the Fountain” (1875),[40] “The Market in Balta” (1875),[41] “Horse Breeding” (1876, fig. 22) and “A Polish Horseman with his Horse at the Toll House” (1877, fig. 23) reveal the different themes. The existing paintings and sketches are, however, only a selection of numerous similar and varied motifs, as can be seen in contemporary photographs and reproductions. There are horses in every picture. Most scenes show a departure, a journey through the steppe, to the market place, to the next town or a stop on the way. It is not always clear whether the subjects are farmers, soldiers returning home or scattered soldiers, Cossacks in peacetime or during military operations.

 

[38] Pruszak 2015 (see note 24), page 59-61

[39] Pożegnanie, 1867. Oil on canvas, 39 x 61.5 cm, National Art Gallery, Lemberg. A large number of paintings by Józef Brandt are chronologically listed at: http://www.pinakoteka.zascianek.pl (called up on 18.11.2017). The works are reproduced with correct details.

[40] Kozak z dziewczyną przy studni, 1875. Oil on canvas, 51 x 99 cm, National Museum in Kielce/Muzeum Narodowe w Kielcach

[41] Jarmark w Bałcie, 1875. Oil on canvas, 150 x 302 cm, now lost. There is a black and white photor in the Orońsko exhibition catalogue 2015 (see further reading), page 12

Nor was Brandt interested in heroic acts or the glorification of historical events, as is the case with other German history painters. In addition to the detailed depiction of the landscape (fig. 21), he was particularly interested in the everyday life of the soldiers: the arduous journey of a cavalry on the return from the battle of Vienna (1869, fig. 11), a break by the campfire (1873, fig. 16), or a patrol by the river (1873)[42]; a Cossack's lonely night watch (1878, fig. 24), a small skirmish with the Swedes in a dramatic forest landscape (1878)[43], and also picturesque scenes like that in “A Raid by the River” (1874, fig. 18), which featured uniforms and head coverings. They include all kinds of horses, a packed wagon stuck in a river bed that needs to be set free, and breathtaking perspectives. Flags, lances and wildly beaten musical instruments enliven a welcoming procession of Cossacks on the steppe (1874, fig. 19). Brandt's interest in picturesque details went far beyond the folkloristic genre cultivated by his fellow German painters.

Brandt not only painted small and medium format works. In the follow-up to the "Battle of Chocim" (fig. 8), he also created monumental wall-filling paintings at lengthy intervals. These included the battle scenes "Czarniecki in the Battle of Kolding" (1870), the "Battle of Vienna" (1873) and the "Liberation of the Prisoners" (1878), as well as the - now lost - wall-filling painting "Market in Balta" (1875). Here it must be added that the artist occasionally changed the width of his canvases by one metre to four metres. The "Battle of Kolding" (fig. 14) depicts an event from the Second Nordic War, during which Polish troops under the leadership of the commander Stefan Czarniecki (1599-1665) came to the aid of the Danes who were under attack from Sweden. In December 1658 the Polish forces conquered the island of Alsen and finally Kolding Castle. Here too, Brandt does not depict a heroic victory. Instead, he portrays the efforts of the soldiers, who are trying to reach the snow-covered shore from their ships in the Koldingfjord.and from there to get to the top of the castle hill with their horses. The picture is dominated by red uniforms, flags and horse blankets against an atmospheric background consisting of the castle and a snowy fjord landscape on a freezing, misty winter morning.

The "Battle of Vienna" (1873, fig. 17) shows the allied German-Polish army led by the Polish King Jan III Sobieski (1629-1696) attacking the Turks on 12th September 1683, after the Austrian capital had been under siege for months and faced capitulation. The painter dramatically illuminates the right half of the scene, with Turks in colourful uniforms fleeing from the attacking Polish hussars who have overrun their tents. The painting was shown in its year of origin at the Vienna World Exhibition 1873[44] and subsequently in the rooms of the Munich Art Society, where it was greeted with extensive, enthusiastic reviews. The newsletter of the German art associations, "Die Dioskuren", wrote that the painter had earlier drawn attention to himself with his painting "Polish troops under Vojewod Stephan Czarnetzki crossing to the island of Alsen", which has now passed into the possession of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. "The Battle of Vienna" now exerts an attraction on both artists and laymen[...] the like of which has been virtually unheard of since Makart's exhibitions. This is something of which only an epoch-making work is capable. And we count it as such; it is a work for all time.“[45] (see PDF)

 

[42] Zwiad Kosacki, 1873. Oil on canvas, 42 x 83 cm, Upper Silesian Museum, Bytom/Muzeum Górnośląskie w Bytomiu

[43] Potyczka ze Szwedami, 1878. Oil on canvas, 90.8 x 171 cm, National Museum in Breslau/Muzeum Narodowe w Wrocławiu

[44] The world exhibition in Vienna, 1873. Officieller Kunst-Catalog, Wien 1873, page 154; Digital version: http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/weltausstellung1873/0158 (called up on 20.11.2017)

[45] Author unknown. Review. Die Schlacht bei Wien 1683. Oelgemälde von Joseph Brandt in München, in: Deutsche Kunst-Zeitung Die Dioskuren, Jahrgang 18, Nr. 10, Berlin 1873, page 78; Digital version: http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/dioskuren1873/0091 (called up on 20.11.2017)

The painting entitled the "Liberation of Prisoners" (1878, fig. 25), depicts an event dating back to the time of the invasion of the Crimean Tatars in Poland-Lithuania in the spring of 1624. This was the battle of Martynów, during which General Stanisław Koniecpolski (1590/94-1646) liberated Polish prisoners of war from the threat of slavery by the Tatars in the Ottoman Empire. Brandt's painting places the battle at the centre of the painting and gives it a further accent with the addition of gun smoke. This time, however, he is also interested in the many motifs in the foreground. They show Tatars in oriental dress fleeing from the picture, with their primitive wagons and tents to the right of them. This time not only horses but also packed camels are standing nearby. The painting "Market in Balta" - it is also three metres wide and is only known from photographs - shows a scene from the Ukrainian town founded in the 16th century by Tatars and inhabited by numerous ethnic groups, in a similar, but mirror-inverted, composition. The main motifs on the bare earth in front of a landscape of mills emerging from the morning mist, are busy figures, riders, resting horses and tents covered with colourful carpets; this time on the left edge of the picture.

Motifs such as these tempt us to move Brandt nearer to the Orientalists, i. e. Orient painters in France since Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863), in particular Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904); and in Germany, artists like Adolf Schreyer (1828-1899) and Gustav Bauernfeind (1848-1904). Contemporary collectors in Germany, England and the USA valued Brandt's oriental-influenced scenes for their "exoticism”[46] For Brandt and numerous other Polish painters who dealt with the theme of battle and equestrian scenes from the Polish history of the 17th century and the battles of the Poles with Tatars, Turks and the Cossacks, these motifs are a contribution to works of art intended to give the Polish people a sense of identity and pride in their nation. The recollection of the former Polish Aristocratic Republic, which existed between 1569 and 1795 and whose territorial dominion extended to the multi-ethnic border areas with the Ottoman Empire, was intended to point to the goal of establishing a new Polish nation-state during the period of the divisions of Poland.[47]

It is the monumental paintings that justify Brandt's reputation. During the Vienna World Exhibition in 1873 he was awarded an art medal for his "Battle of Vienna". The city of Vienna purchased the painting and presented it to Archduchess Gisela, the daughter of Emperor Franz Joseph I.[48] In 1875, the Berlin National Gallery acquired a small-format oil painting with the title "Podolian Village", "to order", i. e. this was possibly a commissioned work, along with a painting entitled "Tartar Struggle", which, according to its description and size, must be the "Liberation of the Prisoners" (fig. 25).[49] In 1877 Brandt was elected a member of the Prussian Academy of Arts in Berlin,[50] and in 1878, as already mentioned, he was made an honorary Professor at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. The small and medium-format paintings that he created in the years between the monumental paintings enabled wealthy buyers to purchase motifs from the major themes of the celebrated painter, which had become well-known to the general public, and display them in their homes.

 

[46] Ewa Micke-Broniarek: Alfred Wierusz-Kowalski (2004, Polish), at culture.pl, online: http://culture.pl/pl/tworca/alfred-wierusz-kowalski (called up on 26.11.2017). Anna Baumgartner was fascinated by the category of the exotic but she did not deal with “Orient” painters: Thoughts on the exotic in painting around Józef Brandt/“Egzotyka“ a malarstwo Józefa Brandta i jego kręgu – próba definicji pojęcia, can be found in Suwałki exhibition catalogue 2015 (see further reading), page 33-35

[47] Anna Baumgartner: Über die Bildwelten Józef Brandts/Świat obrazów Józefa Brandta, ibid, page 52, and further: “ Even today their visualisations of Polish history, which may have close links to Polish Romanitc poetry, have a powerful effect in Poland and are part of the nation's collective memory.”

[48] Catalogue of the National Gallery Berlin 1883 (see note 37), page 24

[49] Ibid, page 19, 172 f.

[50] Academy of Arts, fine arts, member, Joseph von Brandt, online:  https://www.adk.de/de/akademie/mitglieder/index.htm?we_objectID=53863 (called up on 20.11.2017). To date it is not known when and how the paintings in Vienna and Berlin were sold on and arrived in the Warsaw museums.

As a result of his artistic success, his social status and not least the opening of his splendid studio in Schwanthalerstraße, Brandt became the main focus of attraction in the Munich “Poland colony”.[51] By this I mean those Polish artists who emigrated to Munich from 1828 onwards (but above all since the January Uprising in 1863), to study at the Academy of Fine Arts and under private teachers in the city. Between 1863 and 1875, more than eighty Poles were admitted to the Munich Academy. Brandt proved to be not only sociable, but also hospitable and helpful to younger students arriving from Poland. Since he also had a talent for teaching, he soon established an unofficial painting school in his studio. For a time his students included Tadeusz Ajdukiewicz, Jan Chełmiński, Józef Chełmoński, Michał Gorstkin-Wywiórski, Alfred Wierusz-Kowalski and Franz Roubaud, a native of Odessa, who moved to Munich in 1877 from the drawing school there and later travelled to Caucasia and Uzbekistan. Brandt took special care of Szerner, who had also taken part in the January uprising and arrived in Munich completely impoverished in 1865. Indeed he even went so far as to put him up in his studio.

When young Polish painting students visited the Neue Pinakothek (i. e. the collection of contemporary paintings), they discovered with a touch of patriotism that paintings by three Polish artists, Brandt, Maksymilian Gierymski and Wierusz-Kowalski, were also displayed there. Marian Trzebiński, who matriculated in the Munich Academy in 1893, wrote the following in a letter: “As Poles, we were very pleased to see two paintings by Brandt, which also had Polish language signatures '‚z Warszawy‘ und ‚Monachium‘, not Munich, in a prominent place:. […] Such tolerance gave us an idea of the sensitivity and highly developed culture of the Bavarian people”.[52] The Neue Pinakothek probably purchased one of Brandt's pictures in 1885, the year he painted it. This was a one by two metre, large format painting entitled “Cossack horses in a Snowstorm. A second, smaller picture,"Defence", is undated and like the first, it bears the signature "Józef Brandt z Warszawy, Monachium" (English: from Warsaw, Munich).[53]

 

[51] Die Polenkolonie: Brandt, Gierymski, Chelminski, Kowalski, Kozakiewicz, in: Rosenberg 1887 (see further reading), page 47

[52] Ptaszyńska 2008 (see note 32), page XII

[53] Catalogue of the painting collection in the Royal New Pinakothek in Munich, München 1902, page 25 f.: “COSSACK HORSES IN A SNOW STORM”. A shepherd sits under a hooped cart, protected from the storm by a piece of canvas. He is observing the horses jostling in the distance. Three horses are attached to the cart, on one of which is a spitz. In the foreground in the snow is a pot being heated on the remains of a fire. Oil on canvas. Bottom right: Józef Brandt z Warszawy Monachium 1885. Height. 1.12 m Width. 2.05 m. DEFENCE. A farmstead is being defended by the cavalry. In the middle a peasant is holding the restless, now riderless, horses. Two people are firing on the enemy from the roof of a barn. Oil on canvas. Bottom right: Józef Brandt Monachium. z Warszawy. Height. 0.98 m Width. 1.65 m.“– A painting entitled “Defence of a Farmstead by Cavalrymen”, Oil on canvas, 98 x 165 cm, can be found in the Bavarian State Collection of Paintings in Munich (Hans F. Schweers, Gemälde in deutschen Museen, I, 1, München u.a. 1994, page 203). It was not possible to get information there.

Over the years the following artists were a part of Brandt's inner circle of acquaintances: Ludomir Benedyktowicz, Olga Boznańska, Szymon Buchbinder, Franciszek Ejsmond, Julian Fałat, die Brüder Gierymski, Bohdan Kleczyński, Ludwik Kurella, Władysław Malecki, Jan Rosen, Stanisław Szembek etc.etc. Under his influence some of them, like Maksymilian Gierymski, Roubaud and Wierusz-Kowalski were also inspired by Polish folk culture and history. They spent a lot of time together, discussing art, singing to the accompaniment of a piano, celebrating parties and going to cafés with Adam. From time to time (like Brandt from 1874 onwards, alone or in the company of Wierusz-Kowalski, Rosen and Władysław Czachórski), they were also invited to dine with Luitpold of Bavaria and the Royal Family.[54] Artists even lived in the same streets: Maksymilian Gierymski, Benedyktowicz, Wierusz-Kowalski and Kossak like Brandt in Schillerstrasse, Landwehr and Schwanthalerstrasse; others like Fałat and Lucjan Kochanowski in the neighbouring Maxvorstadt and Schwabing.[55] Anton Braith (1836-1905) and Christian Mali (1832-1906) were also closely associated with this circle. Mali's studio was located at 46 Landwehrstrasse, and his legacy contained small-format paintings by Brandt, Maksymilian Gierymski and Czachórski, possibly as reciprocal gifts.[56]

From the outside, too, this group would soon be perceived as a closed "school". In 1888 Pecht wrote the following in his "History of Munich Art in the Nineteenth Century":"Thus the Poles, who were fundamentally different from all other artists, but who shared certain common characteristics closely related to their national character, soon made up a very special category. They were increasingly present in Munich to such an extent that they finally made up a formal “school.”[57] The year before, the Munich magazine “Kunst für Alle” had published an illustration of a palette painted by Polish artists, in which Brandt immortalized himself with a Cossack resting in the steppe. It was also signed "Józef Brandt z Warszawy"[58] (fig. 40) Works by six Polish artists were also found in the collection belonging to Prince Regent Luitpold after his death in 1912: Brandt, Chełmiński, Czachórski, Gorstkin-Wywiórski, Stanisław Grocholski and Wierusz-Kowalski.[59]

 

[54] Ptaszyńska 2008 (see note 32), page XIII. cf. also Adalbert von Kossak: Erinnerungen, Berlin 1913, page 41

[55] Ptaszyńska 2008 (see note 32), page XI

[56] The six oil paintings are in the legacy of Braith and Mali in the Museum Biberach, Braith-Mali-Museum, Biberach an der Riß; by Brandt see fig. 10, 13, 24. Cf. Irena Olchowska-Schmidt: Bilder polnischer Maler im Biberacher Museum, in: BC-Heimatkundliche Blätter für den Kreis Biberach, 13. Jahrgang, Heft 1, 22. June 1990; Digital version: http://www.gfh-biberach.de/publication/bc-heimatkundliche-blaetter-13-jahrgang-heft-1-22-juni-1990/ (called up on 25.11.2017)

[57] Pecht 1888 (see further reading), page 420

[58] The report in the magazine read as follows:”Some of the more outstanding members of colony of the many Polish artists living here in Munich, have gathered to immortalise themselves with gracious jests on a palette, which we illustrate here. From the overall harmony it is easy to see how these artists make up a common school, though it must be said that their character has been stamped by the genius of J. von Brandt, who has more or less influenced the others.” Die Kunst für alle. Malerei, Plastik, Graphik, Architektur, vol. 3, München 1887/88, page 62, illustration after page 60; Digital version: http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/kfa1887_1888/0089  (called up on 22.11.2017)

[59] Ptaszyńska 2008 (see note 32), page XIII

Following the marriage of Brandt and Helena Pruszak in 1877, the couple spent the summer months from June to October in Orońsko, and the rest of the year in Munich. Helena brought two children from her first marriage, Maria Magdalena (*1868) and Władysław Aleksander (*1871), whom Brandt lovingly cared for. Two children of their own, Maria Krystyna and Maria Aniela, were born in Orońsko in 1878 and 1880. Maria Aniela was baptized in Munich where her godfather was Prince Luitpold of Bavaria.[60] In Munich, the family lived on the first floor of a block of flats in Barerstrasse in sight of the Neue Pinakothek.[61] The couple took part in the social life of the city and the Polish colony and regularly received friends and acquaintances on Sundays. In Orońsko Brandt led the life of a landlord. He managed his estate in an exemplary manner, built up a cattle and horse breeding business with which he won prizes at agricultural exhibitions, built stables and a smithy, and rode out every afternoon. Brandt's studio was located in the estate orangery where Helena had once played piano.[62] Here he set up courses in open-air painting for his Munich students, painter friends and their pupils. It was not long before it bore an unofficial name: the Free Academy of Orońsko. Its regular guests included Ajdukiewicz, Kazimierz Alchimowicz, Chełmiński, Czachórski, Ejsmond, Józef Kania, Kossak, Apoloniusz Kędzierski (who came here for nine years), Artur Potocki, Rosen, Roubaud, Szerner, Wankie, Wierusz-Kowalski and Marian Zarembski. They did not restrict their activities simply to painting but also went out riding and hunting.[63]

Brandt radically changed his painting style around 1880. The motifs in his military pictures that were primarily dedicated to depicting Zaporozhian cossacks at the lower course of the Dnieper River were now much denser and hence more dramatic (fig. 26, 28, 30, 42). With regard to his more tranquil motifs, this closer view created a narrative style with detailed insights into the wagons and tents, a more precise depiction of costumes and a more intensive characterization of the horses (fig. 27, 29). A study of different Cossack postures (1880, fig. 33) documented the effort to reproduce narrative drama in an anatomically precise manner. Such motifs were replicated in the studio by the painter himself or by models on a wooden horse. The "March with War Booty" (circa 1880, fig. 31) depicts a scene after the Battle of Vienna in 1683, in which Polish hussars lead off colourful and highly picturesquely dressed soldiers in the Ottoman army, including Africans. The detailed portrayal of a camel and an ox-cart, laden with colourful carpets and showing women wearing oriental headdress, illustrates Brandt's closeness to Orientalist painting. His "Cavalry Parade" (fig. 32) and a single "Royal Ensign" (1889, fig. 41) also show Polish hussars after their victory over the Turks at Vienna. This theme also included a later painting: a "Cavalry Attack" on fleeing Ottomans (1898, fig. 53). During the 1890s, he created many pictures of "victorious Cossacks" (1893, fig. 47-49) in the Polish-Ottoman War.

 

[60] Pruszak 2015 (see note 24), page 63 f.

[61] Adressbuch von München für das Jahr 1885, page 58: „Brandt, Jos. v. k. Prof. Historien- u. Schlachtenmal. Ehrenmitgl. d. Akadem. Barerstr. 31 1.“; Digital version: http://daten.digitale-sammlungen.de/bsb00096298/image_86 (called up on 22.11.2017)

[62] Pruszak 2015 (see note 24), page 67-69

[63] Ibid, page 67; Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko, History, Józef Brandt; online: http://www.rzezba-oronsko.pl/EN/index.php?history,64 (called up on 22.11.2017)

In his genre pictures, Brandt reintroduced into his repertoire hunting scenes which also reflected folk life in the Ukraine (fig. 35,39), but in which he also incorporated his own experiences (fig. 56). In his "Market in Białka" (1885, fig. 36), which might refer to different places in Ukraine (Belka, Bilka, Belika), the viewer is confronted with a rural market in the steppe, where an Oriental trader is offering a saddle selected from a number of colourful carpets, shoes, musical instruments and bowls lying on the ground. Two tradesmen who have arrived on horseback are scrutinising his tableware with interest. A narrative and simultaneously dramatic motif that reoccurs on several occasions is the confrontation between two teams of horses on a bridge (1886, fig. 37) or a dyke (1890, fig. 43), whereby a carriage with several horses driving at speed in the opposite direction is recklessly forcing a peasant's wagon carriage into an embankment beside the river. These also include individual studies (fig. 38) and pictures with only a single “Horse and Cart in Flight” (circa 1900, fig. 55). A large-format "Cossack wedding" on horseback with singing and riders making music (1893, fig. 46) has a folklore character. It was painted at the same time as the corresponding military pictures.

In the 1890s Brandt started to paint wall-filling historical paintings once again. At the beginning of the decade, he painted a picture of "Our Lady of Poczajów" (circa 1890, fig. 44, 45), formerly also known as "The Prayer" or "Our Lady of Armenia". It depicted the faithful in the Ukrainian steppe engaged in evening or morning prayer in front of an image of Our Lady hung on a wagon and illuminated by a lantern. It is said that the icon of the Blessed Mother from the monastery of the Assumption in Poczajów - it originated at the end of the 16th century – was temporarily located in the Armenian cathedral at Kamieniec Podolski, to which it was later returned. Legend has it that it saved the monastery at Poczajów from a siege by Ottoman troops. Here Brandt proves to be an important colourist, who not only characterises the figures and the scene with his sophisticated lighting, but also the natural surroundings. This is also the case with his monumental painting "The Departure of John III. and Marysieńka Sobieska from Wilanów" (1897, fig. 50), which shows the Polish royal couple John III Sobieski (1629-1696) and Maria Kazimiera Sobieska (née de la Grange d' Arquien, 1641-1716), called Marysieńka, illuminated by torches and lanterns, on their departure in a horse-drawn sleigh from the Warsaw Palace in Wilanów. The painting was exhibited at the VII. International Art Exhibition in the Munich Glaspalast in the year it was created, and received favourable reviews from the critics: “J. v. Brandt's magnificent "royal sleigh journey' looks all the more credible because all the characters from King Sobieski to the least significant satellite are so genuinely Polish that one cannot fail to believe in them".[64] A further four-meter-wide version of this motif (fig. 51), for which there is a preliminary study in the Munich Lenbachhaus (fig. 52), was painted in a more summary fashion and lacks the dramatic lighting effects.

 

[64] Die Kunst für alle. Malerei, Plastik, Graphik, Architektur, volume 12, 1896-1897, page 336; Digital version: http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/kfa1896_1897/0420; twin paged illustration, page 132; Digital version: http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/kfa1896_1897/0418  (both called up on 25.11.2017)

Brandt was also widely honoured in the 1880s and 90s. In 1885 the Munich "Polish Colony" celebrated the 25th anniversary of his work as an artist. A committee, including Czachórski and Wierusz-Kowalski, organized the celebrations and prepared a gift of a folder containing drawings and watercolours made by his colleagues. It was reported that Prince Luitpold sent a violet bouquet of gigantic proportions with the numbers designed with flowers " [65] From 1889 onwards, Brandt was a regular exhibitor at the newly established Munich Annual Exhibition, which regarded itself as a competitor to the Paris Salon. On the first of the exhibitions arranged according to nations, Pecht writes: "The Polish contributions are much richer: the majority have admittedly to be attributed to our school, although they all retain their individual character with great energy. Brandt, their leader, offers us a “Departure for the Hunt” in a snow-covered Polish village lane with his usual sparkling animation..."[66]

In the same year, according to the magazine Die Kunst für Alle, a "Joseph v. Brandt album[...] was published by the Photographische Union in Munich. It contained a dozen photographs based on the master's more recent paintings and showing hunting scenes and  Cossack life in his homeland and in the Ukraine. The way he reflects their pictorial allure is incomparable.”[67] At the second Munich Annual Exhibition in 1890, Brandt showed “a group of 17th century Cossacks returning home and singing victory songs. Here he displays his usual mastery in the use of splendid colours that are utterly uncorrupted by modern fashions. Even better, because the painting contains more dramatic tension its defence of Polish ihomesteads is full of sparkling liveliness.”[68] In 1891 Brandt turned down an invitation to succeed the first director, Jan Matejko (1838-1893), as the head of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow.[69] In 1893 he received an award for services to the Bavarian Crown[70], and an award from the Spanish “Order of Isabel the Catholic” for services to science and art. In 1898 he was awarded the Order of Maximilian by Prince Regent Luitpold. “This is a major and rare distinction, given to ten artists at the most”, wrote Czachórski in a letter: “Brandt had not expected it and for this reason he was absolutely astonished. The Order of Maximilian gives him open access to all Court balls and at all receptions there is a table reserved for those who have been decorated thus.”[71] In 1900 Brandt was made an honorary member of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague.

 

[65] Halina Stepień: Die Welt der eigenen Empfindungen, in: Jednodniówka – Eintagszeitung. New edition 2008 (see further reading), page VIII

[66] Die Kunst für alle. Malerei, Plastik, Graphik, Architektur, volume 5, 1889-1890, page 20 f.; Digital version: http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/kfa1889_1890/0039

[68] Ibid, page 338; Digital version: http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/kfa1889_1890/0436 (all called up on 23.11.2017)

[69] Die Kunst für alle. Malerei, Plastik, Graphik, Architektur, volume 5, 1890-1891, page 76; Digital version: http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/kfa1890_1891/0107 (called up on 25.11.2017)

[70] Die Kunst für alle. Malerei, Plastik, Graphik, Architektur, volume 8, 1892-1893, page 137; Digital version: http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/kfa1892_1893/0179 (called up on 25.11.2017)

[71] Ptaszyńska 2008 (see note 32), page XIII

During these years Brandt's paintings were as coveted as they were expensive. Until the turn of the century the Munich gallery Wimmer which represented him, sold most of his works to the USA. After 1900 he switched to Galerie Heinemann. The Georges Petit gallery dealt in his paintings in Paris.[72] From the turn of the century, however, Brandt (fig. 64), who had been painting mainly for the art market for the past twenty years, seemed burnt out. He continued to work as an artist, but for the most part his paintings were repetitions of motifs related to the Battle of Vienna, such as the “Battle for the Turkish Flag”[73] (circa 1905, National Museum in Krakow/Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie) or the wall-filling depiction of “The Bogurodzica Anthem”[74] (1909, National Museum in Breslau/Muzeum Narodowe w Wrocławiu). In doing so he made individual studies of victorious Hussars and Cossacks (fig. 57-59, 62-63). Brandt was now living on the estate at Orońsko amid a large family of children and grandchildren. In 1913 his health began to deteriorate. At the start of the First World War, German soldiers confiscated his horses, requisitioned food and rations and finally plundered all his works of art and everyday objects. In 1915 Russian soldiers forced him to leave the estate and he moved with his family to Radom. Brandt died of pneumonia on 12th June 1915.

Axel Feuß

 

Further reading:

Adolf Rosenberg: Die Münchener Malerschule in ihrer Entwicklung seit 1871, Leipzig 1887, pages 46-48

Friedrich Pecht: Geschichte der Münchener Kunst im neunzehnten Jahrhundert, München 1888, pp. 420-424 („Die Polen, Magyaren und sonstigen Ausländer“), Digitale Sammlungen der Universitätsbibliothek Weimar, Digital version: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-591521 (called up on 21.11.2017)

Janusz Derwojed: Józef Brandt, Warsaw 1969

Münchner Maler im 19. Jahrhundert, Band 1, München 1981, p. 129 f.

Halina Ste̜pień: Artyści polscy w środowisku monachijskim. W latach 1828-1855 (Studia z historii sztuki / Instytut Sztuki, Polska Akademia Nauk, 44), Breslau/Wrocław 1990

Hans-Peter Bühler: Jäger, Kosaken und polnische Reiter. Josef von Brandt, Alfred von Wierusz-Kowalski, Franz Roubaud und der Münchner Polenkreis, Hildesheim/New York, 1993

Halina Ste̜pień / Maria Liczbińska: Artyści polscy w środowisku monachijskim. W latach 1828-1914. Materiały źródłowe (Studia z historii sztuki / Instytut Sztuki, Polska Akademia Nauk, 47), Warschau 1994

Irena Olchowska-Schmidt: Józef Brandt, Krakau 1996

J. Derwojed: Brandt, Józef, in: Saur Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon, Band 13, München/Leipzig 1996, page 641

Halina Ste̜pień: Artyści polscy w środowisku monachijskim. W latach 1856-1914 (Studia z historii sztuki / Instytut Sztuki, Polska Akademia Nauk, 50), Warsaw 2003

Ewa Micke-Broniarek: Józef Brandt (2004), in: culture.pl (Polish/English), http://culture.pl/en/artist/jozef-brandt (called up on 24.11.2017)

Ewa Micke-Broniarek: Józef Brandt, Breslau/Wrocław 2005

Anna Bernat: Józef Brandt (1841-1915), Warsaw 2007

Halina Stępień : Die polnische Künstlerenklave in München (1828-1914), in: zeitenblicke 5 (2006), No. 2, http://www.zeitenblicke.de/2006/2/Stepien/index_html (called up on 24.11.2017)

Eliza Ptaszyńska (ed.): Ateny nad Izarą. Malarstwo monachijskie. Studia i szkice, Suwałki 2012

Jednodniówka – Eintagszeitung. Neuausgabe, herausgegeben von Zbigniew Fałtynowicz / Eliza Ptaszyńska, Muzeum Okręgowe w Suwałkach, Suwałki 2008; simultaneous with the exhibition catalogue “Signatur - anders geschrieben. Anwesenheit polnischer Künstler im Lichte von Archivalien”, Polnisches Kulturzentrum, München 2008

Monika Bartoszek (ed.): Józef Brandt (1841-1915). Między Monachium a Orońskiem/Between Munich and Orońsko, exhibition catalogue Orońsko 2015

Egzotyczna Europa. Kraj urodzenia na płótnach polskich monachijczyków/Das exotische Europa. Heimatvisionen auf den Gemälden der polnischen Künstler in München, Exhibition catalogue Suwałki 2015

 

[72] Bühler 1993 (see further reading), page 114

[73] Walka o sztandar turecki, ca. 1909. Oil on canvas, 76 x 130 cm, Nationalmuseum Krakau/Muzeum Narodow w Krakowie

[74] Bogurodzica, 1909. Oil on canvas, 160 x 302 cm, Nationalmuseum Breslau/Muzeum Narodowe w Wrocławiu

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Art review. The Battle of Vienna 1683.
Art review. The Battle of Vienna 1683. Oil painting by Joseph Brandt in Munich, in: Deutsche Kunst-Zeitung Die Dioskuren, Year 18, No. 10, Berlin 1873, page 78
Józef Brandt, ca. 1875
Fig. 1: Józef Brandt, ca. 1875
Unknown: Portrait of Józef Brandt, ca. 1875: Photograph on albumin paper, 9.9 x 6.2 cm, National Library Warsaw/Biblioteka Narodowa w Warszawie, Inv. No. F646
 Józef Brandt in his studio, 1875/76
Fig. 2: Józef Brandt in his studio, 1875/76
Władysław Szerner (1836-1915): Jósef Brandt in his studio, 1875/76. Wood engraving by Jan Styfi (1841-1921), in: Kłosy, 1876, volume XXII, No. 574, page 405
The studio of Józef Brandt, 1875/76
Fig. 3: The studio of Józef Brandt, 1875/76
Władysław Szerner (1836-1915): The studio of Józef Brandt in Munich, 1875/76. Wood engraving by Paweł Boczkowski (1860-1905), in: Tygodnik Illustrowany, 1876, volume II, No. 52, page 416 f. (excerpt)
The studio of Josef v. Brandt, 1889
Fig. 4: The studio of Josef v. Brandt, 1889
Carl Teufel (1845-1912): The studio of J. v. Brandt, in: Carl Teufel: Ateliers Münchner Künstler, volume 1, Munich 1889, uncounted plate 9
The studio of Josef v. Brandt, 1889
Fig. 5: The studio of Josef v. Brandt, 1889
Carl Teufel (1845-1912): The studio of Josef von Brandt, 1889. Photograph, Glass negative, 18 x 24 cm, Bildarchiv Foto Marburg, Aufnahme-No.: 121.569, Konvolut: Dr. Benno Filser Verlag
The March of the Lisowskis, 1863
Fig. 6: The March of the Lisowskis, 1863
The March of the Lisowskis, 1863. Oil on canvas, 44.5 x 69 cm, in auction trading (Agra Art, 2000)
Jews leading Horses, 1865
Fig. 7: Jews leading Horses, 1865
Jews leading Horses to the Market, ca.1865. Oil on wood, 21 x 43.3 cm, National Museum Warsaw/Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie, Inv. No. MP 5548
Polish Peasants' Horse and Cart, 1865
Fig. 8: Polish Peasants' Horse and Cart, 1865
Polish Peasants' Horse and Cart, 1865. Oil on canvas, 31 x 44 cm. The art possessions of the city of Munich
The Battle of Chocim, 1867
Fig. 9: The Battle of Chocim, 1867
The Battle of Chocim (1621), 1867. Oil on canvas, 190 x 337 cm, National Museum Warsaw/Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie, Inv. No. MP 5056
Grazing Horses, 1869
Fig. 10: Grazing Horses, 1869
Grazing Horses, 1869. Oil on canvas, 23,2 x 42,6 cm, Museum Biberach, Braith-Mali-Museum, Biberach an der Riß, Inv. No. 11265
Return from Vienna, 1869
Fig. 11: Return from Vienna, 1869
Return from Vienna – Baggage Train, 1869. Oil on canvas, 43,5 x 79,5 cm, Kunstmuseum Łódź/Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi, Inv. No. MS/SP/M/206
A Break, circa 1870
Fig. 12: A Break, circa 1870
A Break in a Small Town, circa 1870. Oil on canvas, 71,5 x 107 cm, Private ownership (from the auction trade)
At the Tavern, undated
Fig. 13: At the Tavern, undated
At the Tavern. A Polish Village with Ulans, undated. Oil on wood, 13.5 x 18.4 cm, Museum Biberach, Braith-Mali-Museum, Biberach an der Riß, Inv. No. 1989/11264
Czarniecki near Kolding, 1870
Fig. 14: Czarniecki near Kolding, 1870
Czarniecki in the Battle of Kolding (1658), 1870. Oil on canvas, 95 x 206 cm, National Museum Warsaw/Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie, Inv. No. MP 410
Waiting for the Boat, 1871
Fig. 15: Waiting for the Boat, 1871
Waiting for the Boat, 1871. Oil on canvas, 67,5 x 127 cm, privately owned (from auction trading)
Cossacks at the Camp Fire, 1873
Fig. 16: Cossacks at the Camp Fire, 1873
Cossacks at the Camp Fire, 1873. Oil on canvas, 43 x 82 cm, privately owned
The Battle of Vienna, 1873
Fig. 17: The Battle of Vienna, 1873
The Battle of Vienna, 1873. Oil on canvas, 136 x 318 cm, Museum of the Polish Army, Warsaw/Muzeum Wojska Polskiego w Warszawie, Inv. No. MWP 655
Booty at the River, 1874
Fig. 18: Booty at the River, 1874
Booty at the River, 1874. Oil on canvas, 69 x 160 cm, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Galerie Neue Meister, Inv. No. G 2401
On the Steppe, 1874
Fig. 19: On the Steppe, 1874
Welcome to the Steppe, 1874. Oil on canvas, 87.5 x 170 cm, privately owned
A Break in the Steppe, undated
Fig. 20: A Break in the Steppe, undated
A Break in the Steppe, undated. Oil on canvas, 30.5 x 38 cm, Polenmuseum Rapperswil, Inv. No. 119
Cossacks, 1874
Fig. 21: Cossacks, 1874
Cossacks, 1874. Oil on canvas, 33.4 x 46.6 cm, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau Munich
Horse Breeding, 1876
Fig. 22: Horse Breeding, 1876
Horse Breeding in the Steppe, 1876. Oil on canvas, 61.5 x 112.5 cm, Polenmuseum Rapperswil, Inv. No. Dep. 89
Polish Horseman, 1877
Fig. 23: Polish Horseman, 1877
Polish Horseman with his Horse in front of the Toll House, 1877. Water colour and opaque colouring on paper, 24.5 x 32.5 cm, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett, Inv. No. SZ Jv.Brandt 2
Cossack Guard, 1878
Fig. 24: Cossack Guard, 1878
Cossack Guard, 1878. Oil on canvas, 25.2 x 33 cm, Museum Biberach, Braith-Mali-Museum, Biberach an der Riß, Inv. No. 1989/11266
The Liberation of Prisoners, 1878
Fig. 25: The Liberation of Prisoners, 1878
The Liberation of Prisoners [from the hands of Tatars], 1878. Oil on canvas, 179 x 445 cm, National Museum Warsaw/Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie
Alarm, circa 1880
Fig. 26: Alarm, circa 1880
1880 Alarm, circa 1880. Oil on canvas, 97.5 x 150 cm, National Museum Warsaw/Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie, Inv. No. MP 971
Militia at the Ford, circa 1880
Fig. 27: Militia at the Ford, circa 1880
Militia at the Ford, circa 1880. Oil on canvas, 74 x 119.5 cm, privately owned (from auction trading)
Catching a Horse, circa 1880
Fig. 28: Catching a Horse, circa 1880
Catching a Horse, circa 1880. Oil on canvas, 83.5 x 73.5 cm. Nationale Kunstgalerie, Lviv
Zaporozhian Camp, circa 1880
Fig. 29: Zaporozhian Camp, circa 1880
Zaporozhian Camp or The Camp of the Tatars, circa 1880. Oil on canvas, 72,5 x 113 cm, National Museum Warsaw/Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie, Inv. No. MP 670
Zaporozhian Cossack, undated
Fig. 30: Zaporozhian Cossack, undated
Zaporozhian Cossack, undated. Oil on canvas, mounted on cardboard, 74.9 x 123.1 cm, for auction (Sotheby’s)
March with War Booty, circa 1880
Fig. 31: March with War Booty, circa 1880
March with War Booty. Return from Vienna, circa 1880, Oil on canvas, 72 x 112 cm, privately owned
Cavalry Parade, circa 1880
Fig. 32: Cavalry Parade, circa 1880
Polish Cavalry Parade (Hussars), circa 1880. Oil on canvas, 86.5 x 62.8 cm, Polenmuseum Rapperswil, Inv. No. MPR 116
Sketch of Cossacks, circa 1880
Fig. 33: Sketch of Cossacks, circa 1880
Sketch of Cossacks, circa 1880. Oil on canvas, 61,5 x 48,5 cm, National Museum Warsaw/Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie, Inv. No. MP 1925
A Cossack waiting for the Boat, 1881
Fig. 34: A Cossack waiting for the Boat, 1881
A Cossack waiting for the Boat, 1881 or earlier. Oil on canvas, 26 x 37,5 cm, privately owned (from auction trading)
Setting out for the Hunt, 1883
Fig. 35: Setting out for the Hunt, 1883
Setting out for the Hunt, 1883. Oil on canvas, 69 x 194,5 cm, Museum of Fine Arts, Leipzig, Inv. No. G 537
Market in Białka, circa 1885
Fig. 36: Market in Białka, circa 1885
Market in Białka, circa 1885. Oil on canvas, 62 x 101 cm, Private collection
Confrontation on the Bridge, ca. 1886
Fig. 37: Confrontation on the Bridge, ca. 1886
Confrontation on the Bridge, ca. 1886. Oil on canvas, 100 x 200 cm, National Museum Krakow, Inv. No. MNK II-a-147
Polish Farming Cart, undated
Fig. 38: Polish Farming Cart, undated
Polish Farming Cart on a Country Road, undated. Water colour and opaque colouring on paper, 20.3 x 41.6 cm, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett, Inv. No. SZ G. Brandt 3
Preparing for the Hunt, 1886
Fig. 39: Preparing for the Hunt, 1886
Preparing for the Hunt, 1886. Oil on canvas, 88 x 165 cm, privately owned
Painter's Palette, 1887
Fig. 40: Painter's Palette, 1887
Palette of Polish Artists in Munich, 1887. By Józef Brandt bottom right: Cossack resting with his Horse, in: Die Kunst für alle. Malerei, Plastik, Graphik, Architektur, vol. 3, Munich 1887/88, after page 60
Ensign, 1889
Fig. 41: Ensign, 1889
Royal Ensign, 1889. Oil on canvas, 83 x 63 cm, privately owned (from auction trading)
In Flight, ca. 1890
Fig. 42: In Flight, ca. 1890
In Flight, ca. 1890. Oil on canvas, 61 x 100.5 cm, for auction (Agra Art, 2012)
Confrontation on the Dyke, ca. 1890
Fig. 43: Confrontation on the Dyke, ca. 1890
Confrontation on the Dyke, ca. 1890. Oil on canvas, 70 x 110 cm, for auction (Agra Art, 2012)
Our Dear Lady, ca. 1890
Fig. 44: Our Dear Lady, ca. 1890
Our Dear Lady of Poczajów (Praying in the Steppe; the Armenian Mother of God), ca. 1890. Oil on canvas, 151 x 303 cm, National Museum Warsaw/Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie, Inv. No. MP 970
Sketch for Our Dear Lady, 1890
Fig. 45: Sketch for Our Dear Lady, 1890
Sketch for Our Dear Lady of Poczajów, circa 1890. Oil on canvas, 65 x 120 cm, National Museum Warsaw/Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie, Inv. No. MP 411
Cossack Wedding, 1893
Fig. 46: Cossack Wedding, 1893
Cossack Wedding, 1893. Oil on canvas, 243 x 156.5 cm, Upper Silesian Museum, Bytom/Muzeum Górnośląskie w Bytomiu, Inv. No. MGB/Sz 916
Victorious Cossacks, 1893
Fig. 47: Victorious Cossacks, 1893
Victorious Cossacks (Victorious Return), 1893. Oil on canvas, 155.5 x 98.4 cm, for auction (Sotheby’s, 2008)
The Capture, undated
Fig. 48: The Capture, undated
The Capture of a Caucasian Leader, undated. Oil on canvas, 70 x 110.5 cm, for auction (Sotheby’s)
After the Victory, 1893
Fig. 49: After the Victory, 1893
After the Victory, 1893. Oil on canvas, 60.5 x 121.5 cm, for auction (Agra Art, 2016)
The Departure from Wilanów, 1897
Fig. 50: The Departure from Wilanów, 1897
The Departure of Johann III. and Marysieńka Sobieska from Wilanów, 1897. Oil on canvas, 186 x 343 cm, National Museum Warsaw/Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie, Inv. No. MP 4374
Queen Marysieńka, ca. 1897
Fig. 51: Queen Marysieńka, ca. 1897
Queen Marysieńka leaving Wilanów, circa 1897. Oil on canvas, 200 x 400 cm, National Museum Kielce/Muzeum Narodowe w Kielcach, Inv. No. MNKi/M/374
Preparatory study for Queen Marysieńka, 1897
Fig. 52: Preparatory study for Queen Marysieńka, 1897
Preparatory study for the departure of Queen Marysieńka from Wilanów, circa 1897. Oil on wood, 34 x 65.6 cm, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau Munich, Inv. No. G10546
Attack, ca. 1898
Fig. 53: Attack, ca. 1898
Cavalry Attack. Polish Hussars on the Attack, circa 1898. Oil on canvas, 54.7 x 99.5 cm, for auction (Agra Art, 2017)
In the Yard, ca. 1900
Fig. 54: In the Yard, ca. 1900
In the Yard, ca. 1900. Oil on canvas, 80 x 120,5 cm, National Museum Warsaw/Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie, Inv. No. MP 4880
Horse and Cart trying to escape, ca. 1900
Fig. 55: Horse and Cart trying to escape, ca. 1900
Horse and Cart trying to escape, ca. 1900. Oil on canvas, 60,5 x 100,5 cm, for auction (Agra Art, 2008)
The Hunt, ca. 1900
Fig. 56: The Hunt, ca. 1900
The Hunt, ca. 1900, Oil on canvas, 101 x 62 cm, Polenmuseum Rapperswil, Inv. No. MPR 117
Cossack Horseman, ca. 1900
Fig. 57: Cossack Horseman, ca. 1900
Cossack Horseman, circa 1900. Water colour with opaque colours on paper, 27 x 39.3 cm, National Museum Warsaw/Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie, Inv. No. Rys.Pol.11661
Cossack guard, undated
Fig. 58: Cossack guard, undated
Cossack Guard, undated. Oil on canvas, 26 x 37,5 cm, on auction (Sotheby’s, 2012)
Testing a Horse, ca. 1900
Fig. 59: Testing a Horse, ca. 1900
Testing a Horse, ca. 1900. Oil on canvas, 57,5 x 38 cm, privately owned (from auction trading)
Tatar riding through a River, undated
Fig. 60: Tatar riding through a River, undated
Tatar riding through a River, undated. Quill, washed, 23.4 x 29 cm, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett, Inv. No. SZ Jv.Brandt 1
Czarniecki on Horseback, ca. 1900
Fig. 61: Czarniecki on Horseback, ca. 1900
Stefan Czarniecki on Horseback, circa 1900. Oil on canvas, 55 x 45 cm, for auction (Agra Art, 2013)
Forage Gatherer, ca. 1905
Fig. 62: Forage Gatherer, ca. 1905
Forage Gatherer, ca. 1905. Oil on canvas, 92 x 66 cm, on auction (Agra Art, 2014)
Trumpeter, ca. 1905
Fig. 63: Trumpeter, ca. 1905
Trumpeter, circa 1905. Oil on canvas, 45.5 x 60.5 cm, on auction (Agra Art; Lichfield County Auctions, 2014)
Józef Brandt, ca. 1905
Fig. 64: Józef Brandt, ca. 1905
Jadwiga Golcz (1866-1936): Portrait of the painter Józef Brandt, circa 1905. Photograph from a glass negative, 14.3 x 10.4 cm, National Museum Warsaw/Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie, Inv. No. DI 91193/1