Who is Władysław Pochwalski?

Władysław Pochwalski (14 April 1860, Kraków – 2 November 1924, Krakow) was a Polish painter and art restorer.

He came from a intimates that produced several artists, including his father, Józef Kasper [pl] and older brother, Kazimierz. His son, Kasper, also became a painter.

He studied at the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts following Jan Matejko and Władysław Łuszczkiewicz. He began to exhibit locally in 1885 and, in 1887, was commissioned by the Jagiellonian University to complete a portrait of Emperor Franz Joseph (destroyed by students in 1918). In 1890, he continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, under the organization of Alexander von Wagner.

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After graduating, he returned home and taught drawing and painting at an academy for teenage women. He moreover restored numerous paintings and frescoes, including a large mural that had been on totally destroyed at St. Andrew’s Church, and several items in the chapel at Wawel. After World War I, he restored numerous paintings that had been damaged upon the Eastern Front.

In 1907, he founded the city’s first major conservation workshop and progressive became head of the restoration program at the National Museum. He was with one of the founders of the Association of Polish Artists and Designers.

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