Panorama of Lviv

Odo Dobrowolski

  • Panorama of Lviv 2
Basic information
Odo Dobrowolski
Panorama of Lviv
Date of creation
colour autolithography
imprint on paper
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
30.2 x 41.3
Information about author
Odo Dobrowolski
Artist's lifetime
Odo (Otton) Dobrowolski (1883, Chernivtsi – 1917, Kyiv) was a Lviv artist of Polish-German origin. He is mainly known as a graphic artist, in particular a watercolorist, a master of pastels and lithographs. His parents were Jozef Dobrowolski, the Austrian governor of Galicia-Lodomeria, and Eugenia Wittich. Apparently, the artist was named after Otto the Great, the first emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. He graduated from the gymnasium in Lviv. In the mid-1900s, Dobrowolski was in Krakow as a non-degree student of the Academy of Fine Arts. Between 1908 and 1909, thanks to the support of the artist Jan Styka, he was in Paris and then in Munich for a short while. After returning to Lviv between 1909 and 1910, the artist made an oil decorative panel for the confectionery of Gabriela Zapolska, a famous playwright, actress, and a bright representative of the Lviv elite. In 1911 and 1912, he was in Paris again. Then he was in Lviv, where during the Russian occupation he created a series of 10 lithographs, which were very popular. In June 1915, during the retreat of the Russians, the artist went to Kyiv, where he died under uncertain circumstances at the age of 34 in 1917. The artistic heritage of Odo Dobrowolski includes numerous cityscapes, particularly views of Lviv and Paris, as well as portraits, interior sketches, and images of nature. The works are stored in Borys Voznytskyi Lviv National Art Gallery, as well as in the National Museum in Krakow, the National Library in Warsaw, the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, and in private collections.
Object description
This is one of ten works from the series of lithographs with the views of Lviv during the Russian occupation in the winter of 1915. The artist sketched the view from the attic of Lilien's house, which is on the corner of the current Pamvo Berynda Street and Svobody Avenue. There was a Kordian photo studio (it is likely that the artist used a photograph taken in this studio to perform autolithography). The artist depicted the city panorama in dark and gloomy tones against the gray sky, which is barely touched by the rays of the setting sun at the top of the composition. The tower of the Latin Cathedral rises above the snow-covered roofs in the foreground on the right; the City Hall Tower, the Korniakt Tower, and the dome of the Dominican Church are depicted in the distance. The Church of the Barefoot Carmelites stands out as a yellow spot in the background in the center of the composition.
In the lower right corner there is the author's signature and date “Odo Dobrowolski / 915” written in italics.