Portrait of an Elderly Woman

Artur Grottger

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Basic information
Artur Grottger
Portrait of an Elderly Woman
Date of creation
paper pencil
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
16.5 x 13.5
Information about author
Artur Grottger
Artist's lifetime
Artur Grottger was born in 1837 in the village of Otynevychi in the Lviv region (former Ottyniowice, Eastern Galicia). He studied at the Lviv School of Painting of Jan Maszkowski, and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and Vienna (1852–1858). He is a leading representative of Polish Romanticism. He is known as a painter, periodical illustrator, graphic artist, and watercolorist. He is the author of six patriotic art cycles regarding the January Uprising against the Russian occupation of Poland of 1863, portraits, and local history materials. Artur Grottger died after a serious illness in Amélie-les-Bains, France, in 1867. He was buried in the Lychakiv Cemetery in Lviv (field No.95).
Object description
The portrait represents a bust-length figure of an elderly woman; a full-faced image of the woman is turned three quarters to the viewer's right. The woman is wearing a bonnet, which is tied around her neck with a long ribbon; curly hair can be seen from under it. She is dressed in some pieces of clothes (maybe a cloak) of light color and with a wide collar. The woman's face is calm; her thin lips are stiff. The gaze of her eyes under wide eyelids is directed forward. The background of the image is depicted in light colors with no landscape or other details.
In the right bottom corner of the work there is the author's inscription "AG" and date 1867.
Portrayed person
The name of the person portrayed
Kunegunda Laszkiewicz-Blahao
Lifetime of the person portrayed
late 18th – mid-19th c.