Sketch of a Peasant Woman Wearing a Headscarf

Artur Grottger

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Basic information
Artur Grottger
Sketch of a Peasant Woman Wearing a Headscarf
Date of creation
c.1848 (?)
paper watercolor
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
22 x 16.5
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
This is a portrait of a young black-haired woman with a headscarf on her head. The figure is slightly tilted to the right; the left hand is resting on the thigh. The woman is dressed in gray clothes tied crosswise, with white sleeves. On her left side there is a piece of blue clothing. On her neck there are two strings of thin round dark-colored beads. The woman’s face is round. The distinguishing features of the face are a nose with a broad back, as well as thick and black eyebrows that converge on the bridge of the nose. On her head there is a red headscarf, which resembles a Hutsul one. One can see black hair from under the headscarf. The portrait’s background is blurred.