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Jan Korwin Kochanowski (1897-1970) - 1952 Charcoal Drawing, A Young Lady

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A wonderful charcoal portrait depicting a young lady from Russian artist Jan Korwin-Kochanowski. The artist has used expressive a quick marks to create a subtle and emotive likeness. Signed indistinctly to the lower right 'W-Nol 57'. Signed. On wove.


Minor mount burn otherwise in fine condition.


34.5 x 24.3cm (13.6" x 9.6")
Sheet: 37.4 x 27.8cm (14.7" x 10.9")

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From a collection of charcoal drawings and prints from Polish/Russian artist Jan Korwin Kochanowski (1897-1970).

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Artist Biography

Jan Korwin-Kochanowski was born of Polish parents in Odessa, Russia on the 26th June 1897. His father and brother died at the hands of the revolutionaries in 1918. He himself was tortured but managed to escape to Poland where he continued his study of medicine and graduated from Warsaw University in 1924. After this he studied radiology and pathology in Berlin and then returned to Poland. On the outbreak of the Second World War when he joined the army. With his compatriots he survived the horros of Russia as a prisoner of war, then he went to Palestine, Egypt, Italy and France in the Polish Army. In Italy he was chief advisor to the Polish Army in radiology and many of us remember his kindness and help to his British allies during this time. His cosmopolitan outlook and his gift for languages - he spoke seven fluently - made him an invaluable link between the Polish and the British forces. After demobilisation he was appointed Radiologist at Southlands hospital, Shoreham by Sea where he worked for nearly 20 years. He became a naturalised British subject in 1949. Kochanowski was a member of the Sussex County Arts Club, his work has always represented and was the centre of interest at all the Arts Club exhibitions. His portraits captured the personality, radiating life and his landscapes were a sheer delight.

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Code pj429
Artist Jan Korwin Kochanowski (1897-1970)
Date 1952
Dimensions 34.5 x 24.3cm
Medium Charcoal
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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