Tadeusz Ajdukiewicz

Tadeusz Ajdukiewicz (* 1852 in Wieliczka, † January 9, 1916 in Kraków ) was a Polish portrait, genre and military painter.

Life and work

Ajdukiewicz studied, inter alia, 1868-1873 with Władysław Luszczkiewicz at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. He later continued his education at the Vienna Academy and at the Munich Academy. In 1874, he went public with scenes from the Polish uprising of 1863. Longer study tours have taken him to Egypt, Asia Minor and into southern Russia. In 1877, he presented with pictures from some at the time very popular oriental motifs, such as " Karwane ", "Market in Cairo" (1884), " bank of the Nile " (1885 ) and "Prayer in the Desert" ( 1888). In 1879, he painted several portraits in Warsaw actresses and singers.

Later Ajdukiewicz settled in Vienna, where he increasingly turned to military subjects, such as maneuvers or parades. Thus the artist was quite successful, as his contemporaries judged that it would be at the paintings by careful, sometimes socially acceptable smooth images, which light, air and color not missing. The artist understood himself to let shine the uniforms and regalia of the cavalry in the sun. Due to this success, the Viennese imperial family and the court nobility quickly became aware of him, so Ajdukiewicz henceforth could portray Emperor, Archdukes and kings, such as King Charles of Romania to each horse. In 1893 the artist was summoned to London, where he painted a portrait of the Prince of Wales, Edward VII. About Bucharest and Vienna Tadeusz Ajdukiewicz finally returned to his homeland, where he died in Krakow in 1916.

He was a cousin of the painter Zygmunt Ajdukiewicz.

Works (excerpt)

  • Equestrian portrait of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria as supreme warlord, surrounded by his staff, on the field maneuvers with his entourage and soldiers, 1891. Oil on canvas, Museum of Military History, Vienna.
  • Portrait of Count Nikolaus Pejacsevich, General of Cavalry, leads a Parforcejagd, 1888th oil on canvas, Museum of Military History, Vienna.
  • Horses on pasture, 1874, oil on canvas, 25.5 × 40.5 cm, Lviv Art Gallery, Ukraine
  • Self Portrait, Oil on canvas, National Museum, Warsaw
  • Portrait of Helena Modrzejewska, 1880, oil on canvas, Muzeum Narodowego in Krakow, Krakow