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Villa Borghese. Giardino del Lago (Villa Borghese. Lake Garden)
Edward Okuń (1872–1945)
oil on canvas
height: 56 cm (22 in); width: 37.5 cm (14.7 in)

From Wikipedia:
‘Edward Okuń … was a Polish Art Nouveau painter[1] and freemason. He painted landscapes, portraits, designed covers and illustrated magazines, including the German magazine Jugend. In his younger years he also competed as a racing cyclist in the Kingdom of Poland.[2]

Okuń … was orphaned early. He grew up with his grandparents on the maternal side. After inheriting a large fortune, he soon began drawing lessons with great painters. In 1891 he studied at the Warsaw School of Drawing. From 1891 to 1893 he studied under the direction of Isidore Jablonski and Jan Matejko at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts. He continued his studies in Munich and Paris. In 1897 Okuń went to study with Simon Hollósy … .

(From: “… in 1897 he married Zofia Wanda Tolkemit, who came from a landowning family, and soon afterwards the couple went to Munich, then to Hungary, and the following year they settled in Rome, where they lived, …) … traveling to Sorrento, Amalfi, Capri, Venice, Padua, Ravenna, Florence and Siena. He participated in the life of the Polish art colony in Rome, and was co-founder of the Masonic lodge ‘Polonia’. [citation needed] In his paintings there are themes of a woman with long, wavy hair in Renaissance dresses for which his wife posed.

(From : In 1920, … they returned to Poland and settled in a tenement house in the Old Town Square in Warsaw….”) He made murals on the front wall of his own house [there].

... From 1925 he was a professor in the School of Fine Arts. He was a member of the Society of Polish Artists. … [and] vice-president of the Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts. During the annual opening of the Salon Incentives he witnessed the assassination of the first president of Poland, Gabriel Narutowicz, by Eligiusz Niewiadomski. He helped apprehend Niewiadomski, along with one of the president's aides.

During World War II he lived in Warsaw. After the Warsaw Uprising, Okuń moved to Skierniewice, where he was killed by a stray bullet in January 1945.*

*…On January 17, 1945, Skierniewice was captured by Soviet forces… .
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