Henryk Rodakowski (Polish: [ˈxɛnrɨk rɔdaˈkɔfski]; 1823–1894) was a Polish painter.
He came from a renowned family of lawyers. Continuing the relations tradition in the company of 1841 and 1845, he studied undertaking in Vienna. Later he studied painting below Joseph Danhauser (1805–1845) and Franz Eybl (1806–1880). In the years 1846 to 1867 he lived in Paris, where he continued his studies taking into account Léon Cogniet. In 1852 he experienced his first major endowment by painting a portrait of General Henryk Dembiński, which won the first prize. His studio was visited by the well-known painter Eugène Delacroix.
In 1861 he married the adore of his youth, Kamila Blühdorn, nee von Salzgeber, with whom he had two children. His great-grandson was Jacek Woźniakowski (1920–2012), art historian, writer and co-founder of publishing house “Znak”.
In 1866 he was a believer of the Polish Historical and Literary Society in Paris. A year later, he left Paris and returned to Poland. He lived in Pałahicze near Stanisławów. At the terminate of his liveliness he arranged in Kraków.
In 1893 he became director and president of the Society of Friends of Fine Arts and chairman of the Committee of the National Museum. On December 24, 1894, he was nominated for the director of Kraków Academy of Fine Arts, but died hurriedly four days later. He was buried in Rakowice Cemetery in Kraków.
He was a recipient of the Legion of Honour.
He was befriended by the painter and activist Leon Kaplinski.
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