Hetman Czarniecki Leaving the Castle

Artur Grottger

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Basic information
Artur Grottger
Hetman Czarniecki Leaving the Castle
Date of creation
c.1850 (?)
paper watercolor
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
39 x 52
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
Moving across a bridge over a moat, three horsemen, with two of them depicted in the armor of Polish hussars, are leaving the castle. Behind them, in the castle yard, one can see the figures of the firearm infantry. The first cavalryman is a hetman. Dressed in a blue kontusz with a protective cuirass put over it, he is depicted on a white horse. On his head there is a brown fur hat with a feather. There is a cloak on his back. The hetman has a long beard and brown mustache. On the right side against the background of the mountains above the castle bastion, one can see a flag with the image of an eagle with outstretched wings (?).