Woman with a Cat

Margit Selska

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Basic information
Margit Selska
Woman with a Cat
Date of creation
Eastern Europe
oil painting
canvas oil
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
45.5 x 64
Information about author
Margit Selska
Artist's lifetime
Margit Selska (Reich) (1900, Kolomyia – 1980, Lviv). In 1918, the artist entered the private Free Academy of Art in Lviv, where she studied under the guidance of Feliks Wygrzywalski. In 1921, Margit Reich graduated from the State Industrial School in Lviv, and between 1921 and 1922 she studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow with Wojciech Weiss and Wladyslaw Jarocki. From 1922 till 1923 she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien). In 1924, the artist moved to Paris, where she frequented exhibitions of modernists and became interested in cinema and photography. In Paris she attended the Académie Moderne, the art school founded by Fernand Léger and Amédée Ozenfant. In 1926, the artist took part in the exhibition of the Salon des Indépendants (Society of Independent Artists) in Paris, and the following year her first personal exhibition took place in Lviv. She was a member of the art association "Artes" (1929–1935), the Association of Independent Ukrainian Artists (1931–1939), the New Generation (1932–1935) and the Lviv Trade Union of Plastic Artists (1932–1939). During the Holocaust, Margit Selska was in the Yaniv concentration camp, from which she managed to escape to Krakow with the help of her friends. In 1943, the Selski couple returned to Lviv. In 1978, for the first time after the war, the artist presented her works at an exhibition in the Lviv Art Gallery. Margit Selska is the author of numerous portraits, still lifes and landscapes. The artist's work was greatly influenced by Post-Impressionism, Cubism and Constructivism. Her works have a special coloristic and compositional solution, in particular, her early work Hel (1932), Woman with a Cat (1960s), Crimea. Uiutne Village (1962), Carpathian Landscape (1965), Near the Sea (1964), Grape Harvest (1968), Old Ash Tree (1976) and others.
Object description
In the 1960s Margit Selska began to turn to textured painting. The painting "Woman with a Cat" belongs to this type of paintings. The composition is colourfully intense, built on a combination of red, black and white-yellow colours, accentuated by facetious brushstrokes. In the centre of the painting, a woman is depicted lying on a red sofa which is covered by a white coverlet against an orangish-red wall background. The woman is dressed in an orangish dress with dark dots, a white cat is depicted next to it. To the left of the sofa is a bouquet of flowers in a light-coloured vase, which stands on a cubic white and yellow stand. Along the right edge of the painting is a dark rectangular door stain it in a white frame with a red line drawn diagonally across it.