Professorship in Krakow
Between 1893 and 1894, I lived in Warsaw, where Herman, on behalf of Fałat, offered to me professorship in Krakow [October 26]. I asked for a month to think about it, and later – I moved to Krakow. I met Herman in 1894. Fałat asked him to accept professorship. I met Fałat in Munich in 1875.
[Professors of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow (until 1900 – the School of Fine Arts) along with Wyczółkowski included: Teodor Axentowicz, Józef Mehoffer, Jan Stanisławski, Konstanty Laszczka, Florian Cynk, Józef Unierzyski, and later - Józef Pankiewicz, Stanisław Wyspiański; Wyczółkowski served as rector in 1909/1910].
There were some frictions, but they were handled in a familial manner. [Even some duels]. Piotrowski reminded me that I was using his money in Munich, when my friends spent my money; after over twenty years, during which we had lived in friendship. Then, on the way to Paris in 1878, Piotrowski said: I have the same right to professorship as you have. In the Market Square, on the A-B line, he said: You come here to take away our bread! I crossed swords with Piotrowski, and later, I had a saber duel with Mehoffer. Today, we have fights, intrigues, envy, not like it used to be in the past. There were confrontations with young people, but they were handled in a different way. [Fałat]: After 5 years, he said to me: I experienced many tribulations because of you, everyone in Krakow was angry with me when I appointed you … You were perceived as a revolutionary by all people. Models for students brought even police to all of that. (…) Gerson scolded my faculty, he was angry at the models, painted in their natural size: [painted by] Kamocki, Weiss, Karpiński, Pieńkowski. After my departure , my legacy was graphic art in the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. My students included Wojnarski, Klus, Pieniążek, Szwarc, Kuglin in Poznań, and Werdeker, a printer, called Milorka after blue-green paint. The Academy was attended by all my students.