Helena Modrzejewska [20]

Helena Modrzejewska

Subject: Great Actresses
Face value: 20 pln
Alloy: 925/1000 Ag
Dimensions: 28x40 mm
Weight: 28.28 g
Finish: proof
Mintage: 16000 pcs
On the edge: smooth
Additional: porcelain insert
Date of issue: 2019-06-11
Issue price: 210 pln
an image of Helena Modrzejewska from a portrait by Frank Fowler from 1884; on the left – the actress’s autograph, in the bottom right corner – her colourful stage fan

Designer: Anna Wątróbska-Wdowiarska
a fragment of the stage curtain designed by Henryk Siemiradzki from the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Kraków, depicting a group of Inspiration, Beauty and Truth, Tragedy (in a black robe), Comedy (with an antique mask in her hand), and Jester playing with puppets

Designer: Anna Wątróbska-Wdowiarska

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Helena Modrzejewska

Helena Modrzejewska (1840–1909) was a remarkable actress, a great legend of the Polish theatre and a star of two continents. She was famous for her beauty, talent and generosity. Not only was she an extraordinary artist, but also an ardent patriot and philanthropist.

Modrzejewska was born in Kraków; gossip had it that her father was Duke Eustachy Sanguszko. She made her debut thanks to the recommendation of actor Gustaw Zimajer, who enabled her to make a debut appearance in 1861 in Bochnia. He was soon to become the father of her children (their daughter died tragically in childhood, and their son Rudolf – also known as Ralf Modjeski – became an acclaimed American bridge constructor). After four years of acting in provincial theatres, Modrzejewska ran ...

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