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Wladimir de (Wlodzimierz) Terlikowski (1873-1951)

Paris in the early 20th century was a mecca for modern artists of the Western world.

The French and emigre artists working in this center of artistic activity are now referred to as the School of Paris.  It was here that expatriate Wladimir de Terlikowski (1873-1951) found his milieu and became a painter of great distinction.  Known as “the Polish Master,” his canvases are admired for their vibrant color and the luscious application of paint with the palette knife. Terlikowski refused to be typecast and therefore was hesitant to associate with any one group of painters. Yet the influences of the multiple art movements of the timessuch as Impressionists, Cubists, and Fauves – are especially recognizable in his works.

The artists’ quarters of Montparnasse and Montmartre were especially popular. Thus, artists such as Picasso, Modigliani, Matisse, Soutine, Chagall, and many other avant-garde painters were also active alongside Terlikowski.

Terlikowski enjoyed the company of his peers and they would gather at night in the cafes. During the day they would exhibit in the galleries.  His 1913 one man exhibition at the Galerie Bernheim-Jeune immediately followed Matisse’s show of Moroccan paintings. Then in 1924 his marriage to the daughter of the Prime Minister of France placed him in aristocratic circles that brought him commissions from palaces, museums, and private collectors.

As a result of his artistic achievement he was made a chevalier of the French Legion of Honor in 1918.

Then in 1933, after completing a significant body of work portraying Moroccan women, he was promoted to officer of the Legion of Honor. This success led to the publication of “Terlikowski Peintre de Figures” in 1934, a full color volume of his portraits. Today, Bennard Perlman’s 1998 book “Wladimir de Terlikowski – His Life and Art” is the definitive biography of this fascinating artist.

 

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1873 – Born April near Warsaw, Poland

1884 – Runs away from home and gets as far as Kracow, Poland

1885 – Returns home

1887 – Runs away from home again then travels on a barge to Danzig, Poland

ca. 1889 – Lives in Munich and Germany

1891-1898 – Lives in Paris and France

1898-1899 – A time of frequent travel, spends time in Marseilles, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, The Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Italy and then Singapore

1899-1904 – Then spends time in Australia and New Zealand

1900 – First one-man exhibition at the Galerie Bernheim-Jeune

1905 – Then spends time in Hong Kong, London and Paris

1909-1913 – Then spends time in Auvergne, Besse-en-Chandesse, Murol, Col de Diane, Clermont-Ferrand, Paris and Normandy

1913 – One-man exhibition at the Galerie Bernheim-Jeune which immediately followed one of Matisse’s most noteworthy show of Moroccan paintings

1914-1918 – Then spends time in Troyes, Brittany, Martigues and Paris

1918 – Named a chevalier of the French Legion of Honor in recognition of his artistic achievement

1919-1920 – Lives in Paris

1921-1924 – Then spends time in Paris, Villefranche, Cimiez, Venice, Antibes and Saint Tropex

1924 – Then spends time in Paris, Venice, Saint-Tropez and Sospel

1924 – His marriage to the daughter of the Prime Minister of France, Jeanne Leygues Rockwell, placed him in aristocratic circles. Which finally brought him commissions from palaces, museums, and private collectors

1925 – Divides time between Paris and Venice

1926 – Then spends time in Venice, Italian Alps, Menton and Paris

1927 – Then spends time in Paris, Venice, Nice, Spain and Morocco

1927 – Publication of “W. DE TERLIKOWSKI PEINTRE” published by Arsene Alexandre

1928 – Then spends time in Paris, Montpellier and Venice

1929- Divides time between Morocco and Venice

1930 – Divides time between Spain and Venice

1930 – Publication of W. De Terlikowski by Jan-Topass

1933 – Lives in Venice

1933 – After completing a significant body of work portraying Moroccan women this resulted in his promotion to officer of the Legion of Honor

1934 – Publication of “Terlikowski Peintre de Figures” by Arsene Alexandre

1935 – Lives in Venice

1936 – Then spends time in Paris, Honfleur, Venice, Verona and Rome

1937 – Saint-Raphael

1937-1940 – Lives in Paris

1940-1948 – Lives in Villeneuve-sur-Lot

1951 – Dies February 6th in Paris

1998 – Publication of “Wladimir de Terlikowski – His Life and Art” is published thus becoming the definitive biography of this fascinating artist.

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National Museum of Warsaw n/a Warsaw Poland
Petit Palais Museum of Geneva Musee Petit Palais de Geneve Geneva Switzerland
Pompidou Center Centre Georges Pompidou Paris France
Troyes Museum Musee de Troyes Troyes France
Fine Arts Museum of Lyon Musee des Beaux Arts de Lyon Lyon France
Museum  of the School of Murols Painters Musee des  Peintres de l’Ecole de Murols Murols France
Fine Arts Museum of Marseilles Musee des Beaux Arts de Marseilles Marseilles France
Grenoble Museum Musee de Grenoble Grenoble France
Fine Arts Museum Musee des Beaux Arts Bordeaux France
Roger Quilliot Museum Musee d”Art Roger Quilliot a Clermont-Ferrand Clermont-Ferrand France
Gajac Museum Musee de Gajac Villeneuve-sur Lot….. France
Mandet Museum of Riom Musee Mandet de Riom Riom France

 

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