Christmas in Poland with Antoni Piotrowski
Antoni Piotrowski was a Polish Romanticist and realist painter who worked as a war correspondent and illustrator for various Western European weeklies and periodicals in late-19th century during the Liberation of Bulgaria. He saw first-hand the horrors of the wars, painting scenes from the Battle of Slivnitsa, the storming of Tsaribrod and the Bulgarian entry in Pirot.
This painting of two sisters decorating a Christmas tree becomes even more poignant, knowing his background. He was honoured with an Order of Bravery for his courage during those dark times.