Self-portrait (after 1849), Wikipedia
Surely a few people could share a biography. A landowner, an efficient host, a clerk, a statesman. His true passion was painting - but he preferred civic and economic responsibilities to private passions. In painting, he was practically self-taught, which is why his paintings are so brave, devoid of academic routine. That is why Michałowski's art - alongside Chopin's music and Mickiewicz's poetry - is the most beautiful expression of Polish Romanticism.
PIONEER OF IMPRESSIONISM
At the age of 14 he passed the public maturity exam, giving a one-hour speech in Latin... He began his studies at the Jagiellonian University: natural sciences, mathematics and foreign languages.
He continued his studies in Göttingen: law and political science. Drawing was a fun activity, although already then his sketches of horses and troops were gaining recognition
He became head of the Metallurgical Department and mining councilor. He had little time for art - although during his business trips he found time to visit the gallery. In his free time, encouraged by his family, he painted amateurishly.
During the November Uprising he organised the production of weapons for the insurgents. In February that year he married Julia Ostrowska.
After the defeat of the uprising, he had to flee. He went to Paris, where he began regular painting lessons in N. Charlet's studio. Piotr Michałowski has not been keeping up with the orders, his decorative watercolours with horses and sledges are very popular.
his sick father called on him to return and take over the farm. Piotr Michałowski does not hesitate for a moment to put his commitment to his family before his artistic career.
Portrait of a peasant in a hat (around 1846) Wikipedia
After his father's death in April, Piotr Michałowski takes over the estate in Krzysztoforzyce. The stay in the countryside opened another innovative stage in Piotr Michałowski's art. He painted in the open air and his paintings were posed for by local residents: peasants, beggars, Jews.
a return to France, travel abroad, plans for a full return to painting
However, the Spring of Nations and the revolution in Galicia forced him to return. Piotr Michałowski became head of the Administrative Council of the Krakow District. Once again, the citizen of Michałowski won over the artist.
He organized help for fire victims in the great fire of Krakow in 1850, initiated the establishment of a care centre for neglected boys. On this occasion, 4 of his works were put up for charity auction - it was the first public show of his paintings in the country.
Piotr Michałowski was experiencing a recurrence of heart disease, which first appeared several years earlier, after his daughter's death. He died of a heart attack on 9 June in Krzysztoforzyce. He was bid farewell to the Rakowicki Cemetery in Krakow by crowds of inhabitants.