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AXENTOWICZ Teodor Painter Silver Coin 100D Armenia 2010


Silver coin dedicated to Teodor Axentowicz, one of the most famous Polish-Armenian painter. This is the 9th release in the international "Painters of the World" series of rectangular coins enhanced with colour pad printing.

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Theodor Axentowicz
Axentowicz was born May 13, 1859 in Brasov, Hungary (now Romania), to a family of Polish-Armenian ancestry. In 1893 in Chelsea, London, he married Iza Henrietta Gielgud, aunt of Val Gielgud and John Gielgud of the theatrical dynasty. A son, Philip S.A.D. Axentowicz was born in Chelsea in 1893.
Between 1879 and 1882 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. From there he moved to Paris, where he continued his education until 1895. During that time he started a long-time cooperation with various journals and started his career as a copyist, duplicating the works of Tizian and Botticelli. He also made numerous travels to London and Rome, where he prepared a set of portraits, one of the first in his career.
In 1894 he started collaboration with Wojciech Kossak and Jan Styka during the preparation of the Racławice Panorama, one of the largest panoramic paintings in the history of Polish art. The following year he moved to Kraków, where he became a professor at the local Academy of Fine Arts. He was also active in the local society and cooperated with various societies devoted to propagation of arts and crafts. In 1897 he founded an artistic conservatory for women and soon afterwards became one of the founders of the Sztuka society, whose members were such artists as Józef Chelmoński, Julian Falat, Jacek Malczewski, Józef Mehoffer, Jan Stanislawski, Wlodzimierz Tetmajer, Leon Wyczólkowski and Stanislaw Wyspiański. In 1910 he became the rector of the Academy and since 1928 was also an honorary member of the Zacheta Society. He died August 26, 1938 in Kraków.

  • CountryArmenia
  • Year2010
  • Face Value100 Dram
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)28.28
  • Size (mm)28 x 40
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)4.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)No
The coin obverse shows part of a 1898 poster designed by Axentowicz to announce the 'Exhibition of the Sztuka Polish Society of Artists'. To the left and above is the country of issue in English and Armenian respectively, while to the right is the Armenian coat of arms and face value.
On the reverse features a portrait of Teodor Axentowicz, taken from his 1907 self-portrait. To the right is part of his painting "A Hutsul Burial" (1882).