Portrait of Maria Malczewska, the Artist's Wife
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Maria Malczewska was the wife of Jacek Malczewski from 1887, as well as the mother of his two children Julia and Rafal. In the spring of 1886, the artist met Maria, the daughter of Fortunat and Jozefa Gralewski, the wealthy Krakow burghers. The young bride enchanted the artist, and later Jacek Malczewski recalled: "Marynia had a shape similar to a lily stalk, and the flower was her head". In November of the same year, they were engaged; on October 29, 1887, the wedding ceremony took place in the Church of St. Mary in Krakow. Despite the fact that the married life was difficult, the couple remained together for the rest of their lives; Jacek Malczewski portrayed Maria for years, including such works as “Portrait of the Bride” (1887) as well as her other images of the 1920s.
At the bottom of the painting there is an inscription "Potwierdzam autentyczność /Wlastimil Hofman/ Ze spuścizny Mojego Męża Jacka Malczewskiego/moj portret.Maria Malczewska/"
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- Maria Malczewska
- Lifetime of the person portrayed