About the author: Franciszek Streitt, (1839 Brody – 1890 Munich), From 1856-1866, he studied at the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts under Władysław Łuszczkiewicz and Jan Matejko, and, later, at the Vienna Academy under Eduard Engerth. In 1871, he settled permanently in Munich where he shared his painting studio with a friend, Antoni Kozakiewicz. From Munich, he made regular trips to Krakow and Hungary. Early in his career, as might be expected of Matejko’s pupil, he authored mainly historical compositions with elements of genre painting (Saying goodbye to son leaving for the battle of Vienna). Later, in Munich, he painted portraits, landscapes and, above all, genre scenes of small Polish towns and villages - country fairs, itinerant musicians, Gypsy camps. Streitt also liked painting slightly sentimental scenes featuring children. An important component of his paintings was anecdote which was often articulated through a descriptive, elaborated title: Forbidden fruit, Mother’s little treasure, There is no tomorrow, Last cow. The artist’s works enjoyed considerable recognition, and many of them were purchased by British, or American collectors.
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