Alfred von Wierusz-Kowalski - Cossacks Returning Home on Horseback
Cossacks Returning Home on Horseback
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Alfred von Wierusz-Kowalski (Suwalki, Poland c. 1848 - Munich 1915)

Alfred von Wierusz-Kowalski (1849, Suwalki – 1915) was born in Poland, but came from the Munich school of art, known for such artists as Jozef Brandt and Wladyslaw Czachorski. After finishing his studies in Warsaw and Dresden, Wierusz-Kowalski settled in Munich in 1873. He studied for a year at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts under the auspices of Josef Brandt. His paintings received medals at numerous exhibitions and were sought-after by collectors and German art dealers. In 1890 he was nominated as an honorary professor of the Munich Academy. He painted generic and historical scenes. After his journey to Africa in 1903 he also undertook oriental themes. His paintings can be found sparsely scattered among the collections of Polish museums, because the major part of his heritage was sold on the German market and turned up in private collections in Germany and the United States.