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Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.270

Folio of nineteen lithographic prints of merchants and street vendors in mid-19th century Warsaw by Jan Felix Piwarski (Piwarskiego) (1794-1859) from his unfinished series, Kram malowniczy warszawski. The folio includes two series, eight prints each. The prints are finely detailed portraits of peddlers and merchants going about their business, most in open air settings. Piwarski studied drawing and languages before moving to Warsaw in 1816. In 1818, he became curator of the Print Room at Warsaw University Library until 1834 when the University was closed by Czar Nicholas I of Russia in the wake of the suppressed Polish November Uprising. Piworski then had a successful career as a teacher and artist. He invented new lithographic techniques which gave his work a delicate, painterly quality. He was know for his carefully observed landscapes, and for his numerous series depicting people on the streets of Warsaw involved in their daily activities. The folio is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

Artwork Title
Kram malowniczy warszawski czyli Obrazy miejscowe z ubiegłych czasów
Alternate Title
Obrazy miejscowe z ubiegłych czasów
publication:  1855
publication: Warsaw (Poland)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:12:44
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