Fantasy of Dryads

Jacek Malczewski

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Basic information
Jacek Malczewski
Fantasy of Dryads
Date of creation
paper watercolor pen
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
28 x 41
Information about author
Jacek Malczewski
Artist's lifetime
Jacek Malczewski (July 14, 1854, Radom, Kingdom of Poland, Russian Empire – October 8, 1929, Krakow, Republic of Poland) was an outstanding artist and one of the most prominent representatives of Polish Symbolism. He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Krakow, where his teacher was Jan Matejko. The artist participated in an archeological expedition to Pamphylia, Pisidia, and Greece, which was organized by Count Karol Lanckoronski. He also visited Munich and Italy. Jacek Malczewski was one of the founders of the art union "Sztuka" ("Art"). The artist's creative heritage includes landscapes and portraiture, symbolic compositions, interpretations of religious themes, and numerous self-portraits in various images.
Object description
On a greenish-yellow background one can see a sketch image of women holding each other by the hand and dancing. The woman with yellow hair is turned with her back to the viewers. On the right there is a sketch of two male figures and a dog; they are watching a dance. At the bottom in the middle there is the author's inscription "Fantazya Dryad" made with a pen. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the interest in ancient themes, which were somewhat forgotten in the 19th century, increased significantly; they began to be perceived somewhat differently, mostly nostalgically. At this time, the art of Ancient Greece was reviewed. Artists from different countries eagerly studied the works of different periods of Greek history and reproduced the impulses of forgotten eras in their works. Jacek Malczewski rarely turned to ancient plots, although he sometimes tried to combine antiquity with modernity, as in the presented work.
An inscription in the middle "Fantazya Dryad "