Don Quixote

Witold Manastyrski

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Basic information
Witold Manastyrski
Don Quixote
Date of creation
Eastern Europe
oil painting
canvas oil
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
191.5 x 134.5
Information about author
Witold Manastyrski
Artist's lifetime
Witold Manastyrskii / Vitold Manastyrskyi is a famous Ukrainian artist, a bright representative of the Lviv school of painting. Son of the famous Ukrainian artist Antin Manastyrskyi, who actually became his first art teacher. Witold received his primary art education in the Lviv Art School (1929–1934), and completed his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (1935–1939). From 1939–1948 he taught drawing and painting at the Lviv School of Applied Arts (now Ivan Trush College of Applied Arts). Since 1947, when Lviv School of Applied and Decorative Arts was opened, Manastyrskii held the position of a lecturer of the Department of Drawing, from 1954 – assistant professor, and from 1968 – professor. He became head of the department of painting in 1974. In 1975 the artist was awarded an honorary title of Honoured Art Worker of the Ukrainian SSR. His works are distinguished by their expressiveness, special colourism, pastose and texture manner of painting. While studying in Warsaw, Witold Manastyrskii borrowed some of the techniques of the post-impressionists, which he would use to a greater or lesser extent until the 1960s.
Object description
Two riders are depicted in an impressionistic manner, one on a lean, tailless horse, the rider himself also quite thin, with a spear in his hand and a grey-green cloak thrown over his shoulders. He moves into the back of the picture, the other is riding a donkey, rather rounded in stature. The men move along a stony ochre-blue road, as if in different directions, in front of them a grey-black dog clinging frighteningly to the ground. Behind, to the left, a field of yellow-brown tones is depicted, the road narrows to the right edge of the painting, avoiding a tree. Above the scene, the sky stretches in violet-blue and bluish-grey tones. The artist has succeeded in conveying not only the literary subject but also its sarcastic nature, through the moody and quirky landscape and amusing characters of different physiques and in funny clothes.