Olga Boznańska (1865-1940) was one of the most renowned Polish woman artist, famous as a portrait painter for more than a half a century. She came to know three important European artistic hubs: Krakow, Munich and Paris, each representing its own particular artistic scale. Her works were exhibited in the most important cultural centers of the Old Continent, in the United States, and even in Japan. In Munich, she was part of a vibrant circle of young art students from all over the world. In Paris, she settled in the left‑bank Montparnasse, an area favored by innovative bohemians, whose international members followed various artistic trends. Her studio was the scene of many multilingual meetings. Her subjects included numerous Americans who sought to be portrayed by her and came from various social classes, primarily intellectuals, writers, painters, and musicians. She was an artist of the elite in the best sense of the word.
Ewa Bobrowska (Ph.D. University of Paris–Panthéon–Sorbonne), art historian and psychologist, is a specialist of nineteenth- and twentieth-century art, with particular emphasis on Polish artists abroad, especially in France, and Polish art in an international context. Currently Associate Program Officer of Research at the Terra Foundation for American Art in Paris, she was previously chief curator of the art collection of the Bibliothèque Polonaise in Paris. She has curated numerous shows in France and in Poland. Her particular interest in women artists led her to curate two exhibitions of Olga Boznanska’s paintings: one in Paris in 1990 and, almost 25 years later, an important retrospective at the National Museums in Krakow and Warsaw (2014/2015). She also has devoted several texts to the artist.
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