Barącz, Tadeusz

King John III Sobieski mounted on a horse, 1898, Danzig/Gdańsk
King John III Sobieski mounted on a horse, 1898, Danzig/Gdańsk

Barącz, Tadeusz (Tadeusz von Baroncz), Polish-Armenian sculptor, member of the “Munich School”. 1869-71: student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. *24.3.1849 Lemberg/Lwów (today Lviv), †12.3.1905 ibid. Born into a Polish-Armenian aristocratic family. 1860-64: trains at the Cadet School in Hainburg on the Danube. 1868/69: studies at the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts/Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Krakowie under the painter Władysław Łuszczkiewicz (1828-1900) and the sculptor Henryk Kossowski (1815-1878). On the 20.10.1869 he enrols in the sculpture class at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, where he studies under Max von Widnmann (1812-1895). 1872-75: in Italy, mostly active in the workshop of the sculptor Augusto Rivalta (1835-1925) in Florence. Presumably also a student of the German sculptor, Kaspar Zumbusch (1830-1915) in Vienna. After that he returns to live in Lemberg. He spends several years in Chicago: ca.1892, 1st Prize for his statue of Kościuszko in the city. Barącz is widely recognised in Lemberg for his plaster, marble, stone and terracotta busts and medallions of personalities from the world of art and culture. He decorates public buildings in Lemberg, and memorials and monuments for towns in Galicia. He makes terracotta studies of animals and human figures. Numerous busts and reliefs, terracotta and bronze sculptures of animals, and some initial sketches can be found in the National Museum in Cracow/Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie. His busts and sculptures can also be found in and in front of public buildings and churches, as well as memorials in Lemberg/Lviv, a tombstone in the cemetery of San Miniato in Florence, an equestrian statue of King John III Sobieski in Danzig (originally in Lemberg), and the Kościuszko Memorial in Chicago. 


Group exhibitions: 1872-93 Cracow, Art Club

Further Reading: Saur Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon, vol. 6, Munich/Leipzig 1992, p. 612; Halina Stępień/Maria Liczbińska: Artyści polscy w środowisku monachijskim w latach 1828-1914. Materiały źródłowe, Warsaw 1994, p. 9, 28

Online: Matriculation data base, Matriculation book 2, Academy of Fine Arts Munich, 02525 Tadeus von Baracz (sic!),


Axel Feuß, March 2017 

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    King John III Sobieski mounted on a horse, 1898, Danzig/Gdańsk, Targ Drzewny