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The Ethnology Notebooks. 2020. № 1 (151), 207—219






PhD candidate of Art Studies, Associate Professor,

acting head of the department of scientific research

of works of fine and musical art

of Vasyl Stefanyk National Scientific

Library of Ukraine in Lviv

2, Stefanyk st., 79000, Lviv, Ukraine,

Contacts: e-mail:

Abstract. Problem statement. The article is devoted to the actual problem of art studies (art criticism) such as the discovery of little-known pages of creative biography of Ukrainian artists. These include Theodor Yakhymovych (1800—1889) — painter, graphic artist, theater decorator, who having graduated from the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts in 1828 worked in Vienna until the end of his life. The analysis of scientific publications concerning the subject confirmed the need to study Yaroslava Muzyka’s archive, which includes documents prepared by Maria-Sophia Dolnytska. Hidden for objective reasons, today they are significantly expanding information about T. Yakhymovych and defining the purpose of the article: discovering new facts about the life and activity of the artist. The object of the study is the manuscript documents and the photographs of T. Yakhymovych’s works. The subject of the study is the work of T. Yakhymovych in close connection with the artistic environment of 19th century in Vienna. Many facts from T. Yakhymovych’s biography, which have not been covered in the literature, are presented in the article. They are mainly related to the personal life of the artist, give an idea of his character and preferences. Based on the study of 29 works of art by T. Yakhymovych, which are now being introduced for the first time into scientific circulation, the article reveals the subject and genre structure of the artist’s artistic achievements, the compositional, figurative and meaningful solution of particular works, especially landscapes and portraits. Using the methods of comparison and synthesis, it is proved that T. Yakhymovych used the education that he received at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, reinterpreted the experience of the leading Austrian masters of the 19th century, interpreted it in accordance with the requirements of the time, and thus contributed to the establishment of new progressive tendencies in the art. The new data on T. Yakhymovych cited in the article clearly show that the Ukrainian artist has enriched the national treasury with his work and also increased the culture of Austria in the first place. Today T. Yakhymovych’s artistic heritage is a significant component of the history of Ukrainian and European art.

Keywords: Theodor Yakhymovych, archive, handwritten documents, photographs of works, Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, experience of Austrian artists, new tendencies in art, author’s approach.

Received 22.01.2020


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