Jan Styka (Polish, 1858-1925)
The Polish army engaged in battle (2)
each signed 'Jan Styka' (lower right), one dated '1897', the other dated '1902'; signed on stretcher 'Jan Styka Lemberg'
oil on canvas
28 x 56 3/8in (71 x 143cm); 25 1/4 x 60 1/4in (64 x 153cm)
- These two paintings are most likely depictions of the Hungarian Revolt of 1848. Each picture has a label inscribed 'Bem - Petofi' on the stretchers. Jozef Bem (1794 -1850) and Sandor Petofi (1823 -1849) were both key figures in the war for independence from the Austrian Empire; Bem was a Polish general and a national hero of Poland and Hungary and Petofi was a Hungarian poet and liberal revolutionary who fought under Bem in the Transylvanian army against Austria.