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- Author Konstanty Laszczka (1865–1956)
- Date of production 1925
- Dimensions height: 60 cm, length: 67 cm, width: 42.5 cm
- ID no. Rz 112
- Availability Senate Hall, Main Building of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow
- Acquired date given to the gallery of rectors’ portraits and self-portraits
- Object copyright Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków
- Digital images copyright © all rights reserved, Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Virtual Małopolska project
The present self-portrait, made of patinated bronze, shows the bust of the artist. Although the form of the sculpture is synthesized, the image is strikingly realistic: the sculptor managed to capture not only his appearance, but also the characteristic look in his eyes and tension of the facial muscles. The texture of the portrait is diverse.more
The present self-portrait, made of patinated bronze, shows the bust of the artist. Although the form of the sculpture is synthesized, the image is strikingly realistic: the sculptor managed to capture not only his appearance, but also the characteristic look in his eyes and tension of the facial muscles. The texture of the portrait is diverse. The arms and torso are coarse and only roughly copied, while the artist’s face is more detailed, precisely carved and has a shiny texture. Laszczka also applied an interesting colour effect: the clothes are covered with a greenish patina, while the head is kept in the natural, red-brown hue of the alloy. In this way, the sculptor was able to achieve an extraordinary effect: even though both parts are made of the same material, they give the impression of a realistic differentiation between the dimness of the sculptor’s apron and the smoothness of human skin.
A wooden self-portrait of Laszczka, that belongs to the Kraków Society of Friends of Fine Arts, dates back to the same year.
Laszczka’s style is mainly inspired by the sculpture of Auguste Rodin: his work combines the features of Impressionism and Art Nouveau. The sculptor also sought inspiration in Polish folklore. His works are mostly portrait studies; he has also made dozens of monument designs, created medals, plaques and reliefs. Laszczka’s sculptures were made of wood, clay and bronze. The artist also dealt with ceramics. In 1920, he founded his own ceramic workshop in Kraków, where he produced various kinds of decorative items.
Elaborated by Adam Spodaryk (Editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums),
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