Knight With Fauns

Jacek Malczewski

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Basic information
Jacek Malczewski
Knight With Fauns
Date of creation
oil painting
canvas oil
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
182 x 122
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
A tall blue pedestal with a sculpture of a saint with wings is depicted on the background of the green hill. The saint man is shown in a helmet and armor. He is holding a sword in his right hand (probably, it is Saint Michael the Archangel). There are three trees near the sculpture. A knight dressed in an armor and a helmet with a feather on it rode up to the sculpture from the right side. He is turned with his shoulders to the viewers and leaned forward. The man pulls four satyrs with horns and hooves on the ropes. The sky is clear with white clouds. In the lower right corner there is the painter's signature: ”J.Malczewski1904”.
At the bottom right there is an author's inscription "J.Malczewski 1904".