Christ and Samaritan Woman

Jacek Malczewski

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Basic information
Jacek Malczewski
Christ and Samaritan Woman
Date of creation
oil painting
plywood oil
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
92 x 72.5
Information about author
Jacek Malczewski
Artist's lifetime
Jacek Malczewski (July 14, 1854, Radom, Kingdom of Poland, Russian Empire – October 8, 1929, Krakow, Republic of Poland) was an outstanding artist and one of the most prominent representatives of Polish Symbolism. He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Krakow, where his teacher was Jan Matejko. The artist participated in an archeological expedition to Pamphylia, Pisidia, and Greece, which was organized by Count Karol Lanckoronski. He also visited Munich and Italy. Jacek Malczewski was one of the founders of the art union "Sztuka" ("Art"). The artist's creative heritage includes landscapes and portraiture, symbolic compositions, interpretations of religious themes, and numerous self-portraits in various images.
Object description
The work depicts a scene from the Gospel story of Christ and the Samaritan woman. The woman is shown sitting on the edge of a well on the right; her head is slightly turned to the left. She has brown braids laid behind her head; there is a green bow on the back of it. The woman is wearing a white lace shirt and a blue dress with a red trimming that falls down from her shoulders. She holds a jug in her hands. Christ (the self-portrait of Jacek Malczewski) is depicted below on the left. He has long hair, a beard and mustache, and his left hand supports his chin. In the upper left corner there is the painter's signature: ”J.Malczewski1912”.
At the top left there is an author's inscription "J.Malczewski1912".