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Jan Styka (1858-1925)

Jan Styka (1858-1925):
Psyche bathing Amor /
Psyche baignant Amour

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printed in Paris, i. Lapina; 1385 Jan Styka

postally unused, but written on the backside.

orderno.: mythologie 7
Price 25 €

Jan Styka (1858-1925):
Eunice and Petronius:
Heureux celui qui comme moi a rencontré l'amour.

édition: J.K., XXV, Paris (?), ca. 1900

postally unused

orderno: Romantiek 4
Price: € 50



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, d.d. December 8th 2007

Jan Styka (April 8, 1858 - April 11, 1925) was an ethnic Polish-born painter
'Saint Peter preaching the Gospel in the Catacombs' by Jan Styka "Saint Peter preaching the Gospel in the Catacombs" by Jan Styka Jan Styka House in L'viv
Jan Styka House in L'viv
 
noted for producing large historical and Christian religion panoramas.

Styka, son of an officer in Austria-Hungary, attended school in his native Lemberg (L'viv Lwów) then studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria following which he took up residence in Italy for a short time before moving to France where the great art movements at Montmartre and Montparnasse were taking shape and where he would spend a large part of his life.

Among Styka's important works is the large scene of Saint Peter preaching the Gospel in the Catacombs (seen here) painted in Paris in 1902. His renowned panoramas include "Bem in Siedmiogrod" (1897), "The Martydrom of Christians in Nero's Circus" (1897), and at the Wrocław Branch of the National Museum of Poland is the monumental collaboration "The Battle of Racławice" painted in 1894.

In 1910, Jan Styka painted a portrait of esteemed pianist and Polish statesman, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, which is now at the National Museum of Poland in Poznań. Previously, near the end of the 19th Century, Paderewski had commissioned Styka to paint what would become his most famous work internationally. Originally entitled "Golgotha" (the Aramaic name for the site of Christ's crucifixion), the painting became known simply as "The Crucifixion." This piece is an enormous panorama standing 60 m long by 14 m in height, or 195 feet long by 45 feet in height.

"The Crucifixion" has a fascinating history. Upon its commission in 1894, Styka travelled to Jerusalem to prepare sketches, and to Rome, where his palette was blessed by Pope Leo XIII.

The painting was unveiled in Warsaw to great success on June 22nd, 1897. It was shown in many of the great cities of Europe, before making its way to America, to join the 1904 St. Louis Exposition.

The painting was seized when Styka's American partners failed to pay the customs taxes, and was considered lost for nearly forty years. In 1944, the painting was found, rolled around a telephone pole and badly damaged, having languished in the basement of the Chicago Civic Opera Company for decades.

Acquired by American businessman, Hubert Eaton, the painting was restored by Jan Styka's son, artist Adam Styka. It is on display in the Hall of the Crucifixion at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

In 2005-2006, the painting underwent a massive restoration as part of Forest Lawn's centennial celebration. It currently is shown, on the hour, from 10 am to 4pm. It features a new, state of the art guided light show and narrated presentation written by noted biblical scholar, Timothy Kirk.

Jan Styka died in 1925 and was buried in Rome. However, in 1959 Hubert Eaton arranged with Styka's family for his remains to be brought to the United States for interment in the "Hall of The Immortals" at Forest Lawn cemetery.

Sons Tadeusz "Tade" Styka (1889-1954) and Adam Styka (1890-1959) were both painters.

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Paintings by Styka and son to be auctioned on ebay:

ending on Wednesday 1 June, 2011 at 10:26am and 10:38am Pacific Daylight Time.

On may 26th we received the following message from Nine Caroline Antiques [ninecarolineantiques@gmail.com]

We are writing to you because you may be interested in or know of someone interested in paintings by the noted Polish-born artists Jan Styka and his son Adam Styka.

We have an original signed oil painting of Christ wearing a crown of thorns by Jan Styka. Measures 25 5/8" x 31 7/8". A photo of the painting is attached. The full listing can be found at the following link:

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We also have an original signed oil painting on canvas, which is a study for Adam Styka's monumental work "Christ the King", or "Chrystus Król". The final painting was exhibited at the Catholic Church of St. Vincent Pallotti in Warsaw until 2007 when it was destroyed in a fire. Frame measures 35 1/4" x 43". Painting measures 25 5/8" x 31 7/8". A photo of the painting is attached. The full listing can be found at the following link:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=551&item=380342614815

Both paintings are superb examples of these well-regarded Polish artists and are in overall excellent condition. We are selling the paintings through the online auction venue of eBay. The auctions end on Wednesday 1 June, 2011 at 10:26am and 10:38am Pacific Daylight Time. Bids may be placed through the eBay auction system. Please feel free to contact us with any questions by email or by calling us toll free at 1-800-255-1991.


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