Sitting Woman (a sketch)
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This is a sketch of a strong red-haired woman in a brown dress sitting on the ground. The woman's body is turned three quarters to the right, and her head is depicted full face; her pose is full of dignity. With a hint of arrogance, the woman looks directly at the audience. The woman's legs are tucked under her; her right hand draws something from the basket, while the left one looses hold (throws down?) of the same object. Sketches of two blurred figures, as well as a conditionally marked forest and sky are painted behind the woman. There is a noticeable portrait resemblance of the woman in the sketch with another model represented in the famous painting “Medusa” by Jacek Malczewski. It is probable that the portrayed person is Maria Balowa, the wife of the mayor of the town of Tulyholove near Lviv. She was a close friend and muse for the artist for many years. Jacek Malczewski portrayed her as a muse, a Bacchanal, a Samaritan, and the Medusa.