People doing their best to live up to the painting they are in. These by Polish artist Jacek Malczewski. Living from 1854 to 1929, he is regarded as the father of Polish Symbolism. Studied art in Poland and in Paris.

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“Polish Hamlet – Portrait of Aleksander Wielopolski.” 1903. Oil on canvas. Collection of the National Museum in Warsaw. In the public domain in the United States because it was registered before January 1, 1925. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jacek_Malczewski_-_Polish_Hamlet_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
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“Meduza.” 1906. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Lviv National Art Gallery, Ukraine. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Malczewski-Meduza.jpg
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“Hercules on the Crossroad.” ca. 1920. Oil on canvas. Collection of the National Museum in Kielce. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jacek_Malczewski_-_Aleksander_Wielopolski_z_postaciami_alegorycznymi.jpg
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“Tribute to Art and Music.” No date. In the public domain due to age. via https://fineartamerica.com/featured/tribute-to-art-and-music-jacek-malczewski.html

Images of the Łazienki Królewskie in Warsaw which was the summer residence of Polish King Stanisław August who reigned from 1764 to 1795 having previously been a paramour of the future Catherine the Great of Russia. From the collections of the Muzeum Łazienki Królewskie, Warsaw.

Drawing of the sculpture gallery at the Muzeum Łazienki Królewskie, Warsaw.
Drawing of the sculpture gallery at the Muzeum Łazienki Królewskie, Warsaw. 18th c. Artist not known. Image © Muzeum Łazienki Królewskie, Warsaw. Fair use license. via https://www.lazienki-krolewskie.pl/en/katalog/historia-krolewskiej-kolekcji/historia-kolekcji-rzezby
"Northern elevation of the Royal Lazienki with Chinese porches." ca. 1788.
“Northern elevation of the Royal Lazienki with Chinese porches.” ca. 1788. Watercolor and ink. Johann Christian Kammsetzer, artist (1753-1795). Image © Muzeum Łazienki Królewskie, Warsaw. Fair use license. via https://www.lazienki-krolewskie.pl/en/katalog/historia-krolewskiej-kolekcji/historia-kolekcji-grafiki
"View of the Front of the  Myślewicki Palace,.with a Wooden building on the Eastern Side." 1784.
“View of the Front of the Myślewicki Palace,.with a Wooden building on the Eastern Side.” 1784. Brush and ink. Franciszek Smuglewicz, artist (1745-1807). Image © Muzeum Łazienki Królewskie, Warsaw. Fair use license. via https://www.lazienki-krolewskie.pl/en/katalog/historia-krolewskiej-kolekcji/historia-kolekcji-grafiki
"View of the Palace on the Isle from the Southern Side, with a Wooden Guardhouse and Tent in the Foreground." 1784.
“View of the Palace on the Isle from the Southern Side, with a Wooden Guardhouse and Tent in the Foreground.” 1784. Brush and paint. Franciszek Smuglewicz, artist (1745-1807). Image © Muzeum Łazienki Królewskie, Warsaw. Fair use license. via https://www.lazienki-krolewskie.pl/en/katalog/historia-krolewskiej-kolekcji/historia-kolekcji-grafiki
"View from the Ampitheatre of the Palace with the Planned West Wing." ca. 1792.
“View from the Ampitheatre of the Palace with the Planned West Wing.” ca. 1792. Artist not shown. Ink over a pencil sketch. Image © Muzeum Łazienki Królewskie, Warsaw. Fair use license. via https://www.lazienki-krolewskie.pl/en/katalog/historia-krolewskiej-kolekcji/historia-kolekcji-grafiki

Botanical models made of papier mâché and other materials. Made in Breslau (Wroclaw), Poland and Berlin between 1866 and the late 1930s by R. Brendel & Company.

Three botanical models.
Three botanical models. 19th-20th c. Labeled “R. Brendel, Berlin W.” Papier mâché, gelatin, plaster, and wood. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/more-furniture-collectibles/collectibles-curiosities/models-miniatures/r-brendel-botanical-models/id-f_2135062/
"Rosa canina," Botanical model. 1875-98.
“Rosa canina,” Botanical model. 1875-98. Manufactured in Berlin. Wood, papier-mâché, cardboard, plaster, reed pith, metal, string, feathers, gelatin, glass and bone glue beads, cloth, metallic thread, horsehair, hemp, or silk threads, paint, and shellac varnish. Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. Image © Smithsonian Institution. Fair use license. via https://www.wagmag.com/art-naturally/
"Theobroma cacao." Botanical model. 1875-98.
“Theobroma cacao.” Botanical model. 1875-98. Manufactured in Berlin by R. Brendel & Company. Wood, papier-mâché, cardboard, plaster, reed pith, metal, string, feathers, gelatin, glass and bone glue beads, cloth, metallic thread, horsehair, hemp, or silk threads, paint, and shellac varnish. Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. Image © Smithsonian Institution. via https://www.wagmag.com/art-naturally/

Landscapes that sing of summer. Polish. Władysław Podkowiński, painter (1866-1895).Studied art in Warsaw and Saint Petersburg.

"Gra w krokieta (fragment parku w Bidzinach koło Sandomierza)."
“Gra w krokieta (fragment parku w Bidzinach koło Sandomierza).” 1893. Oil on canvas. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:W%C5%82adys%C5%82aw_Podkowi%C5%84ski_-_Gra_w_krokieta_1893.jpg
"Pejzaż ze stogiem." 1893.
“Pejzaż ze stogiem.” 1893. Oil on canvas. Collection of the National Museum, Kraków. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:W%C5%82adys%C5%82aw_Podkowi%C5%84ski_-_Pejza%C5%BC_ze_stogiem_1893.jpg
"A lupin field." 1891.
“A lupin field.” 1891. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://mnk.pl/collection/wladyslaw-podkowinski-the-harbinger-of-polish-modernism
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“Krajobraz zielony ze strumykiem.” 1891. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://www.reddit.com/r/museum/comments/77d7po/w%C5%82adys%C5%82aw_podkowi%C5%84ski_krajobraz_zielony_ze/?ref=readnext

People of the past living exciting lives seen through an Eastern European haze. Vasily Alexandrovich Kotarbinsky, artist (1849-1921). Born in Poland, he mostly worked in Russia.

"Venetian Serenade." 1881.
“Venetian Serenade.” 1881. In the public domain because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://desa.pl/pl/auctions/239/object/27605/wilhelm-kotarbinski-wenecka-serenada-1881-r
"Roman Orgy." Date unknown.
“Roman Orgy.” Date unknown. Oil on canvas. Image © 2019 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/lot.14.html/2012/important-russian-art
"After the Death." No date.
“After the Death.” No date. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://www.wikiart.org/en/wilhelm-kotarbinski/after-the-death
"Favorite of the Seraglio with her Handmaiden." No date.
“Favorite of the Seraglio with her Handmaiden.” No date. Oil on canvas. Image ©2019 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/vasili-aleksandrovich-kotarbinsky/favorite-of-the-seraglio-with-her-handmaiden-1hcX9CSuUw59GznkWh-vLQ2
"Les Sirènes." No date.
“Les Sirènes.” No date. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://leprincelointain.blogspot.com/2018/11/vasily-kotarbinsky-1849-1921-les-sirenes.html