Portrait of Two Girls of the Dzieduszycki Family with a Dog

Artur Grottger

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Basic information
Artur Grottger
Portrait of Two Girls of the Dzieduszycki Family with a Dog
Date of creation
paper pencil
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 upper part of the work resembles an architectural arch. One can see two young teenage girls; they are wearing white dresses girded with ribbons that are tied behind their backs. The girl on the left is shorter; her shoulder-length hair is framed by a headband (?). The gaze is directed at the viewer. The girl on the right is older, she is looking down. Her hair is combed back, there is a neat hair parting in the middle. Between the girls there is a large figure of a short-haired dog (Great Dane ?). It is black while its paws and chest are white; the neck of the dog is decorated with a massive braided collar with a tassel. The dog's left paw is raised. The girl on the left is holding the dog with her both hands. Children's figures are depicted in the background of a gallery decorated with two landscape paintings. The floor, on which the characters are depicted, is of light color; it is reflecting the figures’ shadows.
In the left lower part of the work there is the author's inscription "AG" and "Pani Dzieduszycki 1866".
Portrayed person
The name of the person portrayed
Klementyna Dzieduszycka, Anna Dzieduszycka
Lifetime of the person portrayed
1855–1929, 1859–1917