Portrait of Seweryn Obst
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Odo Dobrowolski painted a portrait of the artist Seweryn Obst on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the famous artist, on December 27, 1907. This is a profile shoulder-length portrait of the artist; he is depicted with thoughtful eyes, a thin straight nose, wavy hair that is combed back, and a beard that has already been touched with gray. The man is depicted in a festive outfit, namely in a jacket, a tie, and a shirt with a white collar. On the left there is a hand with a brush in long thin fingers. This is the hand of the author of the portrait, the sensitive man of a profound intellect. Seweryn Obst (1847–1917) was a Galician artist and ethnographer of Polish descent. He was born in the village of Nyzhnii Bereziv (former Berezów Niżny) in Kosiv region. He received his primary education in the Hutsul region. He graduated from The Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Seweryn Obst painted Hutsuls and collected Hutsul folk goods. From 1883, he lived in Lviv. The artist died at the age of 69 in a rest home for elderly people.
In the upper left part of the work there is the author’s signature, dedication, and the date “Odo Dobrowolski / Sewera / w 60 rocznicę urodzenia./ 27/12 07” written in italics. On the back side there are several handwritten numbers and 2 labels. On the largest label the text “Muzeum Narodowe im. Króla Jana III we Lwowie / z daru Helena Dąbczańskiej. No inw. 202” is printed in ink. In the middle there is the inscription “Dobrowolski Odo: / Portrait of an Obsta, / art.-nal./ Pastel / 38 x 40.5” written in ink.
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- Seweryn Obst
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