Artur Grottger

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Basic information
Artur Grottger
Date of creation
paper watercolor
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
31 x 24
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 the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and Vienna (1852–1858). He is a leading representative of Polish Romanticism. He is a painter, periodical illustrator, graphic artist, and watercolourist. 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 severe illness in Amélie-les-Bains, France, in 1867. He was buried in the Lychakiv Cemetery in Lviv (field No.95).
Object description
The work is inserted into the original round ribbon frame. In the foreground, one can see a figure of a rider; he is wearing a protective helmet and holding a saber in his hand; there is a big moustache on his face. A rider's brown horse has a white spot on its snout and a lush black tail. Under the rider there is a saddle with a light blue horse blanket. Next to the first rider, one can see another figure; he is dressed in a blue kontusz, behind which a cloak is flying in the wind; on his head there is a fur hat decorated with a feather. Above the head, the rider is holding the sword in the right hand; he is ready to attack. From under the rider, the horse’s croup of light (gray?) color can be seen. The rider is Artur Grottger. There are blurred silhouettes of two horsemen behind him. In the lower part of the work there is a minimalist steppe landscape. The background of the work is light, there are no elements of the scenery.
In the right lower corner of the work there is an author's inscription "Arthur Grottger".