Justyna Chopin

Justyna Chopin


Tekla Justyna Chopin, née Krzyżanowska (1782–1861), Fryderyk’s mother

Jan Zamoyski, oil on canvas, 1969, 295 x 220, reconstruction of an oil painting by Ambroży Mieroszewski from 1829, produced from a colour reproduction in Leopold Binental, Chopin w 120–tą rocznicę urodzin. Dokumenty i pamiątki (Warsaw 1930).

Original lost with the collection of Laura Ciechomska in Warsaw in 1939

Collection: Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina, Warsaw [M/1180].


‘Mrs Chopin’, as Eugeniusz Skrodzki recalls, ‘whom closer acquaintances loved and respected, was the type of the thrifty, prudent and hard-working Polish housewife, who without avarice and injury to others, knows how to lay from sundries the foundations for the respectably gathered fortune that will come in old age.

‘The Chopin home was purely Polish’, recalls Józefa Kościelska, née Wodzińska (sister of Maria Wodzińska), ‘thanks to Mrs Chopin, née Krzyżanowska […] and exceedingly pleasant; particularly pleasant was Chopin’s mother, full of exceptional charm and sweetness, which she also passed on to her only son. He also inherited from her, it would seem, his talent for music’ [Czartkowski and Jeżewska, pp. 9, 11–12].