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Also Known As: "Couaski"
Birthplace: Varsó (Warszawa), Poland
Death: Died in Paris, à Sainte-Périne, France
Place of Burial: 1. divízió, Père-Lachaise, Paris, France
Immediate Family:

Son of N/a KUCHARSKI and N/a Kucharski, N/A
Brother of Boleslaw Kazimir KUCHARSKI

Occupation: festőművész
Managed by: FARKAS Mihály László
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About Alexander KUCHARSKI "Couaski"

Alexander Kucharsky (18 March 1741, Warsaw - 5 November 1819, Paris)[1], also Alexandre Kucharsky, was a Polish portrait painter who spent his adult life in France. He himself used the spelling Kucharsky[2], but Kucharski is also often used. In the past, in France, the name has been given as Couaski.

Early life

As a boy, Kucharsky was a page to Stanisław August Poniatowski, the last king of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.[3] He trained first as an artist in Warsaw, in the studio of Marcello Bacciarelli.[3] With a bursary from King Stanisław, he then travelled to Paris to work under Joseph-Marie Vien and Carle van Loo at the Académie Royale, from 1760 to 1769.


Louis Charles, Dauphin of France, in 1789, painted by Kucharsky, now in the Musée de VersaillesThe king of Poland wanted Kucharsky to train as a historical painter, but instead he became a portrait artist, thus losing the king's patronage. From 1776 to 1778, Kucharsky was in the service of the Princes de Condé.[3]

Kucharsky liked to paint half-length portraits in pastels or in oils, but he also worked in gouache and sometimes painted miniatures. His clients were mostly from the French and Polish aristocracy.[3] The latter had increased in numbers in France as a result of the alliance between King Louis XV and Marie Leczinska.[3]

After the departure from the French court of Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun in 1789, Kucharsky became painter to Queen Marie-Antoinette.[3] As well as painting her portrait and the royal children, he also painted Marie-Louise, princesse de Lamballe, the comte d'Artois, later King Charles X, and Catherine the Great of Russia.[3]

Kucharsky's best-known work today includes his portraits of the doomed French royal family, especially the future King Louis XVII. The final portrait, painted in 1793, of Marie Antoinette, was sold at auction by Piasa on May 21, 2003, and is attributed to Kucharsky.[4]

When signing his work, the artist used the spelling 'Kucharsky'.[2]

Later years

Marie Antoinette in the Temple in 1793, attributed to Kucharsky 

Countess Sophie Potocka by Kucharsky, ca. 1786 Throughout the years of the French Revolution, Kucharsky's allegiance remained with the ancien régime. In retirement he lived near Paris at Sainte-Périne, living on a pension granted by Louis XVIII of France.


^ Genealogical Notes and Anecdotes: L'oriflamme de St.-Denis at (accessed 29 December 2007)

^ a b See signature at Marie Antoinette, miniature by Kucharsky, 1790

^ a b c d e f g Le peintre KUCHARSKY at (accessed 28 December 2007)

^ Portrait de Marie-Antoinette au temple at (accessed 30 December 2007)

External links

Alexander Kucharski at


Alexandre Kucharski (1ère division) at


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Alexander KUCHARSKI "Couaski"'s Timeline

March 18, 1741
Varsó (Warszawa), Poland
November 5, 1819
Age 78
Paris, à Sainte-Périne, France
1. divízió, Père-Lachaise, Paris, France