Self-Portrait with a Skull
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A similar self-portrait, which represents the artist wearing a shirt but not a sweater, dated June 14, 1908, was auctioned off in Desa (Poland) in 2006. It is probable that the work, as well as the Lviv one, was performed during the artist's first visit to Paris. In the portrait, the author (at the age of 26) is posing for himself, holding his left hand with a brush on the skull and supporting it with his right hand. The skull and wide cap on the head are the main features of the character. The author pays considerable attention to portraying the hands and face. Fingers are long and thin; face is self-confident and moody. The author achieves expressiveness due to the skillful performance of carnations in the technique of watercolor.
In the lower left part of the work there is an inscription “Autoportret” written in italics in red color. In the lower right part there is the author’s signature and date “Odo Dobrowolski 08” written in italics.