The first Polish artist who adopted Impressionism was Olga Boznanska who was born in Krakow. As a young girl, Olga’s first drawing teacher was her mother, however, as her talent grew so did the prestige of her trainers. After moving to Munich, she studied under Jozef Brandt and became a well known artist in the Munich circle, opening her own studio and even taking over management of the Painting School from Teodor Hummel in 1895. During her art education, she included in her portraits of women many of the props of the day - Japonisme, fans, parasols, and kimonos.
In 1894, she was awarded prizes for her portraits by Austrian Archduke Karl Ludwig in Vienna; and for her portrait of "Miss Marry Breme", she obtained recognition in London. In 1896, she settled in Paris, and the jury of Societe des Beaux-Arts in Paris accepted one of her works for their exhibition. After moving to Paris, she joined the Polish Artistic Society "Art."
In 1900, at the exhibition in New Gallery she was awarded the golden medal. The French government bought "Bretonka" and "Miss Dygat portrait" for the national collection. She also became a member of Société Nationale des Beaux Arts. After her later successes, she represented France, with Claude Monet and August Renoir, at an exhibition in Pittsburgh in 1912. She died in Paris in 1940.