In Front of the Shop Window / Ride

Artur Grottger

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Basic information
Artur Grottger
In Front of the Shop Window / Ride
Date of creation
c.1849 (?)
paper Indian ink pen
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 composition consists of two parts. The left part is depicting the images of a girl and a woman wearing dresses and wide-brimmed hats. They are holding purse bags and folded umbrellas in their hands. Below the figures there is an inscription in Polish, which begins with the words "Munia (A. Grottger's sister – an author’s note) and Pani Paulina…". In the right part of the work there is an image of a carriage drawn by one horse. The coach is of a two-seater and closed type. The figure of a horse is depicted in rapid motion. A coachman, who is whipping a horse, is losing his headdress – a black top hat – because of a fast ride. In the background of the carriage there is a two-story house. Below the image there is an inscription in Polish that begins with the words "Jadą!" ("They are riding!").