Portrait of Count Siminski and His Wife

Artur Grottger

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Basic information
Artur Grottger
Portrait of Count Siminski and His Wife
Date of creation
c.1850 (?)
paper watercolor
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
58 x 45.5
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 foreground of the work, one can see two figures on horseback, namely a man and a woman. A gentleman is depicted with a large mustache; a full-faced image of the man is turned three quarters to the viewer's right. He is wearing a brown camisole with a blue bow around his neck; on his head there is a black top hat. The right hand is raised in front of him at chest level. A man is sitting on a brown horse with a white mark on the snout. To his left there is a woman on a white horse. She is looking at the viewer. She is wearing a black hat with black ribbons at the back, a black long dress, and a gray camisole with a white collar put over it. The left arm is bent in front of her at a waist level. A view of the sky and a group of trees in the right corner of the work serve as the background of the drawing.