Cossack (Artur Grottger on Horseback)

Artur Grottger

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Basic information
Artur Grottger
Cossack (Artur Grottger on Horseback)
Date of creation
1849 (?)
paper pencil
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
13.7 x 21
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 is a rider depicted on a white horse; he is racing up. The rider's head is turned back. He is dressed in a dark Cossack uniform and a hat with a hanging fabric top. In his wide belt there are two pistols. Behind the rider, one can see indistinct silhouettes of two other riders, which seem to be chasing the main character.
In the right lower corner of the work there is the author's inscription "Art.Grodger" and date "184...". In the right upper corner of the work there is number "10" in print.
Portrayed person
The name of the person portrayed
Artur Grottger
Lifetime of the person portrayed