Portrait of General Michal Karasiewicz-Tokarzewski


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Portrait of General Michal Karasiewicz-Tokarzewski, a truly forgotten hero. One of the first organizers of the Polish Underground. Arrested in 1940 by NKWD. From 1941 he had been the commander of the 6 Infantry Lwów Division. Never returned to Poland. Passed away in Morocco in 1964. The general condition of the picture is good with traces of use. Mainly dirt on the original passe-partout. The portrait was painted on white glass and then covered in vanish. The reverse bears the author's signature (unknown painter). The General is painted in the rank a General of Bridage, on the 1st of January 1943 he was promoted to Major General. The Portrait was probably painted around 1941 to 1943 inspired by a pre-WW2 portrait. The image shows a very thin face of the General, it looks different from the pre-war sources. This is most likely due that the general left in 1941 the NKWD prison in Lubyanka. After this event and a heavy investigation, the general has aged. In addition, it should be noted that there are significant errors in uniform. If the portrait was painted before the war, there would be no possibility of such mistakes (such as medals hanging on the pocket). Face and hands are painted in a very realistic style. Establishing the artist's name is a matter of determination and time. The overall size is 27cm x 21cm