Collection

Cossacks

Artur Grottger

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Basic information
ID
Г-V-666/3
Author
Artur Grottger
Name
Cossacks
Date of creation
1848
Technique
drawing
Material
paper pencil
Additionally
Information about author
Author
Artur Grottger
Artist's lifetime
1837–1867
Biography
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
This pencil drawing depicts two Russian Cossacks on horseback; there are fur hats on their heads. The Cossack in the center of the composition is armed with a saber, musket, and dragoon lance. Traces of sideburns are visible on the face. In the lower left part of the drawing there is a figure of a lying (dead) Cossack in the uniform. There is a headwear next to the lying figure. The landscape elements are missing.