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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 defined with any one group of painters.  Yet the influences of the multiple art movements of the times – Impressionists, Cubists, and Fauves – can be traced in his works.

Picasso, Modigliani, Matisse, Soutine, Chagall, and many other avant-garde painters were active alongside Terlikowski in the popular artists’ quarters of Montparnasse and Montmartre.

Terlikowski enjoyed the company of his peers as they gathered at night in the cafes and exhibited in the galleries during the day.  His 1913 one man exhibition at the Galerie Bernheim-Jeune immediately followed Matisse’s show of Moroccan paintings. His 1924 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.

In recognition of his artistic achievement he was made a chevalier of the French Legion of Honor in 1918. Later 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. 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, gets as far as Cracow

1885 – Returns home

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

ca. 1889 – Munich

1891-1898 – Paris

1898-1899 – Marseilles, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, The Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Italy, Singapore

1899-1904 – Australia, New Zealand

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

1905 – Hong Kong, London, Paris

1909-1912 – Auvergne, Besse-en-Chandesse, Murol, Col de Diane, Clermont-Ferrand, France

1913 – Auvergne, Paris, Normandy

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

1914-1915 – Troyes, Brittany

1916 – Troyes, Paris

1918 – Paris, Troyes, Brittany, Martigues

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

1919-1920 – Paris

1921 – Paris, Villefranche

1922 – Cimiez, Venice, Paris

1923 – Paris, Antibes, Saint Tropex

1924 – Paris, Venice, Saint-Tropez

1924 – Paris, Venice, Saint-Tropez, Sospel

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

1925 – Paris, Venice

1926 – Venice, Italian Alps, Menton, Paris

1927 – Paris, Venice, Nice, Spain, Morocco

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

1928 – Paris, Montpellier, Venice

1929- Morocco, Venice

1930 – Spain, Venice

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

1933 – Venice

1933 – After completing a significant body of work portraying Moroccan women he was promoted to officer of the Legion of Honor

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

1935 – Venice

1936 – Paris, Honfleur, Venice, Verona, Rome

1937 – Saint-Raphael

1937-1940 – Paris

1940-1948 – Villeneuve-sur-Lot

1951 – Died February 6th in Paris

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

Museum List

Museum Alternative Spelling City Country
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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