M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
American / New York, 1875-1944
Oil on canvasboard
Verso identified by old label, and estate stamped : "I certify that this painting is/ by
SIGISMUND IVANOWSKI/ Mr. David Scott Perry/ (Grandson)"
Housed in a 22k giltwood custom frame
Student of Whistler and portraitist of notables as Theodore Roosevelt,
pianist/composer Paderewski, and the first Prime Minister of the Polish Republic;
served as Court Painter to Tsar Nicholas II;
illustrator for Century Magazine
Works Held Museum of the City of New York
Sigismund Ivanoswki was a portraitist and illustrator who immigrated from the Ukraine to American in 1902. Before coming to America, he had served as court painter to Nicholas II. His portraits also included Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), and pianist, statesman, and first Prime Minister of the Polish Republic, Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941). A 1907 interview by the New York Times states, "the thing that impresses you at once about him is his vital energy", which he found greatly reinforced in America : "I feel the bigness and intensity of the American Spirit". This article gave his words (and energy) precedence even over those of William Glackens. That energy is clearly expressed in both Woman Reclining, and it's companion painting Looking Out. The free but exact brushwork, strong rhythms and luminous coloration exhibited in these two paintings were riveting to all who saw them.
I will indeed seek more of his work.
Ivanowski began his tutelage in Poland in 1887 with Wojciech Gerson (1831-1901). From 1890 to 1896 he was a gold medalist student at St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts. He further studied in Munich; Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris; Académie Julian in Paris from 1897 to 1898 under Jean Paul Laurens (1838-1921) and Benjamin Constant (1845-1902); and in London with James Abbott McNeill Whistler. In America, he lived in Westfield, NJ, and kept a studio at the Hotel des Artistes in New York City.
Image Size : 12” x 16”
Birth place: Kurylowka, Ukraine
Death place: Westmoreland, NH
Addresses: Mountainside, NJ, 1908-44
Profession: Portrait painter, illustrator
Studied: Warsaw with Wojciech Gerson, 1887-90; St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Art, 1890-96 (gold medalist student); Munich;
Ecole des Beaux-Arts; Académie Julian, Paris with J.P. Laurens and B. Constant, 1897-98; in London with Whistler
Exhibited: Pratt Inst., 1907 (solo); Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, 1911-12; Society of Illustrators Exhibition at National Arts Club, 1912;
Plainfield Public Library, 1914; Westfield Art Association, 1938; Westfield Historical Society, 1982 (retrospective)
Member: Society of Illustrators; National Arts Club; French Legion of Honor
Comments: Came to U.S. in 1902; lived in Westfield, NJ and kept studio at Hotel des Artistes in NYC.
He painted a series of actresses in character parts for Century magazine, 1906-14;
and painted portraits of notables such as Theodore Roosevelt, Paderewski, and others.
Sources: Who’s Who 1913; PHF files
Sigismund de Ivanowski painter and illustrator of portraits, nudes, genre, cityscapes, and actresses was born in Kurylowka,
Ukraine in 1875 and died in Westmoreland, NH in 1944. He came to America in 1902, lived in Westfield, NJ, and kept
a studio at the
Hotel des Artistes in New York City. Ivanowski's address, from 1908 to 1944,
was in Mountainside, NJ.
In 1887 the young Ivanowski began his three years of art instruction under Wojciech Gerson (1831-1901) and then, from 1890 to 1896
he was a gold medalist student at St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts. Ivanowski also studied art in Munich; Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris;
Academie Julian in Paris from 1897 to 1898 under Jean Paul Laurens (1838-1921) and Benjamin Constant (1845-1902); and in London
with James Abbott McNeill Whistler.Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) and Ignace Jan Paderewski (1860-1941) the Polish statesman,
composer, concert pianist and first Prime Minister of the Polish Republic, had their portraits painted by Ivanowski. From 1906 to 1914 he
painted a series of actresses in character for "Century" magazine.
Ivanowski's professional memberships include the Society of Illustrators in New York City; the National Arts Club in New York City;
and the French Legion of Honor. His exhibitions include a one man show at Pratt Institute in 1907; the Albright Art Gallery in
Buffalo, NY in 1911 and 1912; the Society of Illustrators at the National Arts Club in 1912; the Plainfield Public Library in 1914;
Art Association in 1938; and a retrospective at the Westfield Historical
Society in 1982.
References: "Who Was Who in American Art", vol. II, pages 1694-95; "Davenport's Art Reference 2003/2004", page 1000.
Dunbier, Lonnie Pierson (Editor), The Artists Bluebook, 34,000 North American Artists to March 2005
Davenport, Ray, Davenport's Art Reference: The Gold Edition
Falk, Peter Hastings (Editor) Who Was Who in American Art, 1564-1975
Falk, Peter Hastings, Annual Exhibition Record, National Academy of Design1901-1950
Falk, Peter Hastings, Dictionary of Signatures & Monogram
Falk, Peter Hastings (Editor), Who Was Who in American Art: Artists Active Between 1898-194
Marlor, Clark S, The Society of Independent Artists, Exhibition Record 1917-1944
Also see Ivanowski, "Looking Out":
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