Head of a Saint Woman
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The exact date of this work has not been established; presumably, it was created in the late 1870s. Being a good example of the early period of the artist’s oeuvre, the work is significantly different from the later works by Jacek Malczewski. On the reverse side of the work there are remnants of the label with the inscription "Matki Bos…"; it suggests that this work could be a sketch for the painting “Madonna”. Jacek Malczewski often turned to her image, especially at the beginning of his career. The earliest dated work in the collection of the Gallery is a study for the painting “Madonna”, which was made in 1874. It is also known from the inscriptions on the labels that the work comes from the collection of the artist’s friend Piotr Dobrzanski, who lived in Lviv and was repeatedly portrayed by Jacek Malczewski.