Lichnowsky family, von,  /  ,   - Kuchelna

Max Liebermann, "Karl Max Lichnowsky"

family von Lichnowsky
Creators of the collection:

The collection at the Lichnowsky estate in Kuchelna was created at the end of 18th century. It was vastly expanded by Karl Max von Lichnowsky (1860-1928), a renowned diplomat. In 1904 he married the writer Mechtilde de domo von Arco-Zinneberg. Thanks to her acquaintances in the artistic circles the collection of von Lichnowskys, previously enriched by Karl Max with excellent works of Old Masters, was completed with masterpieces of contemporary artists. Mechtilde's portrait was painted by Oskar Kokoschka, and Karl Max - by Max Liebermann. Karl Max Lichnowsky was also a member of an association formed at Schlesisches Museum der bildenden Künste in Breslau.

Duration of this collection in Silesia: end of 18th century - 1945
Description of the collection:

The core of the collection in Kuchelna were old paintings, including works by Jacob Jordaens, David Teniers, Paul Peter Rubens, Tintoretto and Giorgione. From the beginning of the 20th century, when Karl Max von Lichnowsky married Mechtilde von Arco-Zinneberg, the collection quickly expanded with works by Georg Kolbe, Auguste Rodin and Pablo Picasso. The Lichnowskys were among the first connoisseurs of Picasso in Germany, they owned, among others, the artist's famous portrait of singer Suzanne Bloch.

Categories of works of art in this collection: Painting (10)

Eva Kolářová, Barokní malířství v obrazové sbírce knížat Lichnovských, "Sborník Národního památkového ústavu v Ostravě" 2006, p. 131-146


Over 200 paintings from the collection formerly exhibited in Kuchelna can be seen in the castle Hradec nad Moravicí today.

Localization: Kuchelna (Chuchelná) - palace of family von Lichnowsky
Authors of this entry:
  • Magdalena Palica
Published on: 02 / 12 / 2009
Project co-financed by Ministry of Labour and Social Policy under Government Project – Civic Benefit Fund.
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