Education: Krakowskiej Szkole Sztuk Pięknych, Krakow; Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna; Académie Colarossi, Paris
Alfons Karpinski's Famous Artworks
"The Pont Neuf", 1909
"Cyrk Paryzu", 1910
"Ulica Paryska", 1911
Alfons Karpinski was a Polish painter. Well known as an excellent portrait painter, he also painted still-lifes and landscapes. He was an important member of the group “Sztuka,” the Society of Polish Artists.
Alfons Karpinski's Early Life and Education
Karpinski was born in Rozwadów in the winter of 1875. His father was a district judge and had six children. Alfons moved to Krakow at the age of 16 to study at the Krakowskiej Szkole Sztuk Pięknych, where he studied under Leon Wyczolkowski, who was part of the Young Poland movement, and a Realist painter. Wyczolkowski was instrumental in involving the young Karpinski in these two groups.
Like many artists of his generation, Karpinski wanted to study abroad at the important art centers of Europe. In 1903, at the end of his studies in Krakow, he went to Munich for a year, where he worked with Anton Azbe, a Realist painter from Slovenia. Azbe had established his own school in Munich, and it had become an important place of learning for students from Eastern Europe.
Karpinski stayed in Munich for a year before moving to Vienna, where he joined the Academy of Fine Arts, working in the studio of Kazimierz Pochwalski, a well-known portrait painter. He stayed here for a number of years before moving to Paris in 1908, this time to study at the Academie Willi and Academie Colarossi.
Alfons Karpinski's Mature Years
Studying in Paris
proved to be very important for Karpinski, who had now begun painting portraits of women. These works are considered among his best today. He also began painting Paris street scenes. It was at this time he painted his well-known works such as “Lido,” “Street Paris,” and “Circus, Paris.”
He returned to Krakow in 1912. He became one of the artists who helped out at the legendary Zielony Balonik, or Green Balloon, a cabaret in Krakow. It was the meeting point of Poland’s artists, writers, and intellectuals. Karpinski contributed with set-design, along with a number of other artists of his generation.
During the First World War, Karpinski was hired to work for the Department of War Graves. In effect, he had to design the multiplying cemeteries that were required suddenly because of the war raging in Europe. He authored a number of oils and watercolors towards this effort. You can buy Alfons Karpinski's artworks online.
Karpinksi died in Krakow in the summer of 1961.
Alfons Karpinski's Museums/Collections
Muzeum Narodowe w Krakówie, Kraków