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Anna Bilińska-Bohdanowiczowa

December 8, 1854 - April 18, 1893


Polish born in Zlatotopole, Ukraine, Bohdanowiczowa was a painter known for her portraits and other works, such as landscapes, of the style European realism. She first began her studies as a young artist under the tutelage of Michal Elwiro Andriollo, after which she enrolled in a private painting school in Warsaw led by Wojciech Gerson. She first began to exhibit her work at that time at the Zacheta Society for the Promotion of Fine Arts. She later settled in and continued her artistic studies at the Academie Julian in Paris France, after traveling around Europe with a chronically ill friend for a few years. She married toward the end of her time in France and moved with her husband to Warsaw shortly thereafter. Although she intended to establish a Parisian-style art school for women, her untimely death in 1893 prevented her from realizing that dream. Her most notable works are her Self Portrait with Apron and Brushes (1887), Lady with Binoculars (1884), and Study of a semi-nude male (1885), all of which exemplify her nuanced and realistic approach to the portrayal of the human form.

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