Andrzej Pronaszko

  • Self-Portrait 2
Basic information
Andrzej Pronaszko
Date of creation
Austro-Hungarian Empire
Eastern Europe
oil painting
canvas oil
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
68 x 58
Information about author
Andrzej Pronaszko
Artist's lifetime
Andrzej Pronaszko was a Polish artist, painter and stage designer. Born in the Vinnytsia region. Studied at the Krakow Academy of Art (1910) as well as in Munich and Paris. In 1911, 1912 and 1913, together with his brother Zbigniew Pronaszko and Tytus Czyzewski, he organised the Exhibition of Independents in Krakow, modelled on the Paris Salon of Independents. In 1917 he joined the founding group of the avant-garde "Polish Expressionists" (renamed the "Formists" in 1919). Had exhibitions in Lviv in 1912, 1920, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935 and 1936. From 1916 to 1924 he designed sets for the Polish Theatre in Łódź, the Municipal Theatre in Lviv and the Municipal Theatre in Krakow. His greatest achievement as a scenographer was in Lviv (1932–1937). Here he designed sets for over fifty plays. In 1935, he held a joint exhibition of Fritz Kleiman, Yaroslava Muzyka, Andrzej Pronaszko and Bruno Schulz (December 1935; Municipal Museum of Artistic Crafts) as members of the Lviv Association of Plastic Artists.
Object description
In the foreground is a chest image of a man turned in three quarters. The man dressed in a white camisole, shirt and dark blue scarf. The man has a dark hat on his head, his face is almost completely illuminated by the sun, with only the shadow of the hat falling on his forehead and part of his left cheek. The man is depicted against a spring landscape in the background. A green field extends from the edge of the painting, with rich shades ranging from light to dark green. On either side of the painting in the background are trees, which are just starting to leaf. Behind the figure is a strip of a ploughed field in shades of purple and blue. On the left is a white horse, on the right is a farmhouse with white walls. Above the landscape and the man, stretches the sky with white and purple clouds. The painting is striking in its vividness because it is completely flooded with sunlight, making the colours even brighter.