Self-Portrait With Muse

Jacek Malczewski

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Basic information
Jacek Malczewski
Self-Portrait With Muse
Date of creation
oil painting
canvas oil
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
120.5 x 60.5
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 knee-length image of a mature man (the self-portrait of the artist) is in the foreground. The man turned three quarters to the right is bald, with a beard and curled mustache; his gaze is directed at the viewer. He is wearing a blue knight's armor without sleeves up to his waist. In his left hand, he holds three red carnations; with his right hand, he holds up the bottom of the coat put over his shoulders. Behind him and the strings stretched from top to bottom, one can see the head of a young woman crowned with a laurel wreath. She holds the strings with her raised left hand and plucks them with her right hand. In the lower right corner there is the painter's signature: “J. Malczewski/1905”.
At the bottom right there is an author's inscription "J. Malczewski/1905".