Evening Star - Wilhelm Kotarbinski
“Wilhelm Kotarbiński (1849 - 1922)
Wilhelm Kotarbiński - (aliases: Vasili Aleksandrovich Kotarbinsky, Котарбинский Вильгельм (Василий) Александрович ) - was educated in Warsaw Drawing Class (1867-1871) , and since 1872 in Rome in St.Lucas Academy.
He came back in 1888 and since then stayed in his own estate Kalsk - presently Belarussia.
He often travelled to Kiev, Moscow, St.Petersburg where he worked decorating famous Russian palaces and orthodox shrines (St Wladimir Sobor in Kiev). Kotarbinski painted mostly compositions related to the Bible scenes or antic - referring to the life of antic Rome, Greece or East. He created also landscapes , fanstastic and symbolic scenes bearing usually feelings of a mystery.
His greatest popularity was in 80 and 90’s of XIX century - when because of subjects of his works , Kotarbinski was often compared to Siemiradzki.
The works of Kotarbinski rarely appear on the market - most of them has been lost or destroyed during the Ist War or Polish/Soviet war of 1920.”