Lviv National Art Gallery is one of the biggest art museums in Ukraine. The core of museum exposition is the collection of I. Yakovych, who was a sugar magnate from Podilliya region. Those artworks were bought by the city council specifically for the sake of creating this gallery (opened 14 Feb, 1907). Later, in 1914, the council bought a house on V. Stefanyk St., previously belonged to V. Lozynsky, a historian and art collector, and the exposition was moved there. Had been enlarged during the 20th century, nowadays the art collection consisit of over 10 thousand exhibits among which are paintings (over 7 thousand items) and sculptures (more than 3 thosand items). The gallery has also several branches not only in Lviv, but also in other cities around the region.
There are 24 rooms of the main exposition with about 400 works representing the most significant artistic movements of European art in the 19-20th centuries. The exposition starts from the room dedicated to the Empire style and Romanticism. The remarkable point here is 'The Portrait of K. Strazhenska' by François Gérard. The next room presents artworks by graduates of famous art academies in Vienna, Munich and Paris. Then, the visitors get into the space surrounded by items of art which show the development of academic landscape painting in Germany, Austria and Russia. Here you can also take a look at some works created by Lviv artists representing the Biedermeier style.
The exhibits in rooms # 7-9 tell a story about the establishment and development of artistic life in the city of Lviv together with the whole Galician region in the 19th century. Historicism in the arts is represented by the works of Jan Matejko, Artur Grottger and Wilhelm Leopolski. All of those artists referred in their works to historical events which were thought through with thier own imagination.
Your attention could be drawn by the paintings in the rooms 10 and 11 that thruthfully depict the social system of those times having a look at the poorest class in particular. Nevertheless, the art of those times was also able to divert the viewer's attention from problems of everyday life and put them into the world of antiquity or some exotic countries. Those who fond of Impressionism would be interested in seeing the exposition in rooms 12 and 13, where they can enjoy artworks by Narcisse DÍaz de la Peña, Konstantin Korovin, Anders Zorn and the collection of works by Jacek Malczewski.
Next rooms display works of Russian, Hungarian and Polish artists of the early 20th century who worked in the style of Art Nouveau and its various branches. Then, you can see unique works by Mykhailo Boichuk and his followers together with canvases authored by representatives of Lviv artis societies of the 1920-1930ies. You'll be definitely fascinated by the salon room # 19 with authentic interior of the 19th century. The last rooms present artworks of Ukrainian artists worked during the second part of the 20th century.
One of the most remarkable expositions presents the collection of works by Johann Georg Pinsel, a famous Galician sculptor (18th century), created during his time living in Lviv. Previously, this collection was kept in the church of Clarisse Order which now is
J. G. Pinzel Sculpture Museum. During the restoration works held in the church, the exposition is placed in Lviv National Art Gallery.