Volodyslav Fedorovych and Artur Grottger. Forgotten Pages of One Friendship

Ihor Nabytovych, PhD, DSc, ProfTit of UMCS
Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (Poland)
ORCID: 0000-0001-9453-158X

Volume 6/2019

Publication type: research article

DOI: 10.32612/uw.23535644.2019.pp.115-134

Pages: 115-134

Publication language: Ukrainian

Abstract:

The article explores the history of the relationship of Volodyslav Fedorovych and Artur Grottger, an almost forgotten page of Ukrainian-Polish intercultural dialogue of the last quarter of the nineteen century. Their friendship undoubtedly had an influence on both of their lives, and it remains an important demonstration of Ukrainian-Polish intercultural and interpersonal dialogue on the border of the two cultures of the two nations. The first of the two aforementioned men was a famous Ukrainian philanthropist, the third head of Prosvita society, a member of the Polish circle in the lower house of the Viennese Parliament. Artur Grottger died at the age of thirty; however, he became a symbol of Polish Romanticism and a champion of the Polish rebellion in January 1863. Volodyslav Fedorovych spent two years in the capital of the Habsburg Monarchy, studying in a privileged educational institution for children of noble families – Collegium Theresianum. At the same time, Volodyslav attended lectures at the University of Vienna. Vienna, one of the cultural capitals of Europe, awakened his interest in paintings and art in general. In Vienna, he met the famous Polish painter Artur Grottger, who was to introduce him later to the Ukrainian painter Kornylo Ustyanovych. Later on, Ustyanovych will become a cult figure in Galicia. The article recounts a story of his cousin Alexandra. Volodyslav was in love with her. She died very young, but Grottger managed to draw a portrait of her.

Key words: Artur Grottger, Volodyslav Fedorovych, intercultural dialogue, creativity, border of cultures

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