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- Author Ferdynand Bryll (1863 – after 1920)
- Date of production 1876–1884
- Place of creation School of Fine Arts in Kraków, course IV
- Dimensions height: 60.5 cm, width: 47 cm
- Author's designation signature in the lower right corner: “Ferdynand Bryll”
- ID no. R 8
- Availability in stock
- Function academic study
- Acquired date 1876–1884, distinguished student’s work
- Object copyright Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Virtual Małopolska project
Ferdynand Bryll, painter, portraitist, conservator and illustrator, was born in 1863, in Kraków. In the years 1876–1884, he studied at the School of Fine Arts in Kraków. In the course of his studies, in 1882, at the request of Jan Matejko, he assisted Henryk Rodakowski during his work on the frieze in the parliamentary chamber in Lviv.more
Ferdynand Bryll, painter, portraitist, conservator and illustrator, was born in 1863, in Kraków. In the years 1876–1884, he studied at the School of Fine Arts in Kraków. In the course of his studies, in 1882, at the request of Jan Matejko, he assisted Henryk Rodakowski during his work on the frieze in the parliamentary chamber in Lviv. Even before his studies, he learned to paintportraits at the studio of Andrzej Grabowski, which opened in Kraków in 1855. The period of education in Grabowski’s studio, strongly influenced the work of Bryll, who mainly painted portraits as a mature artist. In 1884–1903, he regularly showcased his portraits at exhibitions at the Society of Friends of Fine Arts in Kraków. Portraits by Bryll can also be found at the National Museum in Kraków in Czapski’s collection, in the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków and the Museum of Art in Łódź. He painted and drew portraits of the Cracovian and Galician elite. Along with Antoni Tuch, the painter preserved, or rather reconstructed, Renaissance murals in the church of the Holy Cross in Kraków, discovered during the restoration of the temple, conducted in 1896–1898 by Zygmunt Hendl (during the initial period) and Tadeusz Stryjeński.
The present study of a male nude comes from a time when Ferdynand Bryll studied at the School of Fine Arts in Kraków. The perfectly captured proportions of the model, along with the correct chiaroscuro modelling, are evidence of the solid fundamental skills possessed by the aspiring artist. A careful study of the portrait of the model is also noteworthy as, apart from rending the figure’s features naturalistically, it also captures its psychological traits. For the present Study of a nude, Ferdynand Bryll received an award from Marian Gorzkowski, the secretary of the School of Fine Arts in Kraków.
Elaborated by Adam Spodaryk (Editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums),
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