Władysław Podkowiński
Portrait of Teresa Jasieńska, née Łabędzka, 1893
Purchased in 1963

material: oil on canvas

dimensions: 200 × 60 cm

description: Władysław Podkowiński used the Impressionist technique in portraits. The artist painted a dozen or so full-length formal portraits, mainly of women, based on a similar pattern. Each of them depicted a slim woman, en pied, dressed in an elegant, fashionable dress, standing against a garden or ornamental fabrics. These portraits were of a dignified and even monumentalized character, additionally emphasized by a unique, elongated format. The portrait of the wife of Feliks Manggha Jasieński – Teresa Jasieńska, née Łabędzka (1867–1900), serves as an example of such works. Podkowiński portrayed his sitter against an ornamental blue and white striped fabric, carefully posed but in a manner suggesting the randomness of the view. Colour combinations – a stunning violet dress with a reddish-orange belt and the colourful fabric in the background – emphasize Podkowiński’s sense of colour, which made Władysław Husarski rate him among the greatest Polish 19th-century colourists. Urszula Kozakowska-Zaucha

exposition: The Gallery of 19th Century Polish Art in Sukiennice,
The Cloth Hall, 1, Main Market Square

key: Realism, polish impressionism, beginnings of symbolism >>>

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