Portrait of Actress Hornung in the Image of Ophelia

Artur Grottger

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Basic information
Artur Grottger
Portrait of Actress Hornung in the Image of Ophelia
Date of creation
paper watercolor
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
32 x 23
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 waist-length figure of a young woman; the image of the woman is turned three quarters to the viewer's left. The girl is dressed in a white dress with a fresh rose on her chest, from under which one can see a blue ribbon. The brown hair is long; she let her hair down to the chest and laid behind the ear on the left side. Her face is decorated with a massive dark round earring. The defining feature of the face is large and wide-open eyes. The author skillfully depicted a high forehead, little and slightly snub nose, and full and half open lips. The background of the work is shown in dark colors; there are no architectural elements in the right part of the composition.
In the right lower corner of the work there is an author's inscription "Arthur Grottger" and date 1859.
Portrayed person
The name of the person portrayed
Hornung (an actress)
Lifetime of the person portrayed
19th c.