Lviv. St. Mary’s Square
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This is one of the first artist’s cityscapes; it was performed before his moving to Paris. St. Mary’s Square is depicted from the north, starting from Hetmanska Street, where the red electric tram is turning. Next to it there is a wooden cart with a white horse; these elements are among the most noticeable compositional details of the work. In the foreground on the right, there is a two-wheeled cart on the pavement. Behind it there is a crowd of people near the fountain of the Virgin Mary. The author emphasizes how the elements of the foreground disharmonize with the exquisite architectural buildings of the square, among which the George Hotel is standing out. However, the Adam Mickiewicz Monument (column) is not very noticeable; it is rather an additional element in the overall compositional structure. In the color scheme bright tones (such as red, orange, beige, and white ones) contrast with the black spots of human figures, tree crowns, and sculptural elements of the column.
In the lower left part of the work there is the author’s inscription “30/08 07 Odo Dobrowolski/ 911 Lwów” written in italics.