Portrait of a Woman (Self-Portrait)
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A group of female portraits from the late 1930s occupies a special place in Margit Selska's oeuvre. They are chamber-like, intimate and lyrical. They contain expressive attention to tonal and light aspects of painting, the texture variation of the colour layer is an exponent of subtle nuances of colouristic polyphony. Another aspect is sentimental melancholy, which is combined with attention to the youthfulness and attractiveness of the models. Perhaps the latter was a sign of the artist's own attitude towards the time, and the people in it, at a time of world cataclysms. But it is the atmosphere of the time that is reflected in Margit Selska's work of this period, in particular in the Portrait of a Woman, which is probably a self-portrait of the artist. Almost the full height of the vertical composition, on a yellowish-red background with splashes of blue, is a half-length image of a woman sitting in a soft armchair. The subject's head is slightly turned to the left. The woman's yellowish-brown wavy hair is slicked back to the right side, somewhat coming to the forehead. Thin eyebrows arch and the gaze of wide-open brown eyes is directed down to the left, outlined red lips and a straight nose. The woman is dressed in a light blue dress with a white collar.
In the bottom right there is author's signature: "reihowа"