Hillwalking in Kaiserwald

Artur Grottger

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Basic information
Artur Grottger
Hillwalking in Kaiserwald
Date of creation
paper watercolor
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
27 x 37.5
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
In the center of the composition there are two figures of riders, namely a woman and a man on white and brown horses. The dark-haired woman is dressed in a bonnet, light dress, and a blue kontusz put over it. She is holding an open sun-protective light umbrella. The man is dressed in a green camisole; on his head there is a black top hat. A cane is raised high in the man's hands. In front of the horsemen there is a coachman; he is dressed in a white shirt with rolled up sleeves and short (knee-length) pants with a dark long-striped pattern. The man is depicted barefoot. A cane is raised in the coachman's right hand. The left part of the canvas depicts an upward slope to the mountain top and ten hikers climbing up the mountain path. On top of the mountain, one can see the outlines of the castle tower. The blue sky with white clouds and six silhouettes of flying birds serve as the background of the work. In the lower right corner of the work there is a bust-length figure of a boy (A. Grottger); he is depicted in profile; under his left armpit there is a large album for drawing; a cane is placed on his right shoulder. On his head there is a top hat. In the distance behind the figure of a boy (A. Grottger), there is a blue reach against the background of two mountains.
In the left lower corner of the work there is the author's inscription "AG" and date 1856.