Born in 1869 in Poland, Mehoffer is one of the most significant representatives of modernist Young Poland. Inspired by nature, architecture and travels, he is one of the most significant artists of Art Nouveau.
He abandoned law studies in Krakow to engage himself in the painting career, began under the auspices of Wladyslaw Luszczkiewicz in the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. Later on, he continued his education in Academie Julian and Ecole Nationale des Arts Decoratifs. His passion for painting began with historical portraits. That all changed after travels to Germany, France and Switzerland, which inspired him with their natural and architectural side. Nature had such a great impact on him that it somehow changed the track of his career. He even contemplated on it in his book: ‘Notes on Art and its Relation to Nature’.
What is impressive about his heritage is that he didn’t restrain himself to only one technique. Graphic art, textiles, chalk drawings and impressive examples of stained glass art are to be included in it. Moreover, he also produced multiple posters and book covers. His work revolved mainly around nature, especially parks and gardens. It can be stated that those inspired him the most. Moreover, dance and history had a comparably big impact on him. One of his most significant works are ‘Strange Garden’, stained glass in Cathedrale St-Nicholas in Fribourg and a Self Portrait.