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- Author Leon Wyczółkowski (1852–1936)
- Date of production 1921
- Dimensions height: 51 cm, width: 65.5 cm
- Author's designation “L. Wyczółkowski 1921”
- ID no. M 10
- Availability Rector’s office, Main Building of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków
- Object copyright Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Virtual Małopolska project
Among all the portraits created by Leon Wyczółkowski, his self-portraits occupy a special place. They not only reflect the artist’s appearance in different periods of his life, but also act as records of the painter’s changing personality and moods. They also document his artistic development. Wyczółkowski created several dozen images of himself using oil, tempera, pastel, and graphic techniques. His first works come from the 1890s. He kept creating until the end of his life...more
Among all the portraits created by Leon Wyczółkowski, his self-portraits occupy a special place. They not only reflect the artist’s appearance in different periods of his life, but also act as records of the painter’s changing personality and moods. They also document his artistic development. Wyczółkowski created several dozen images of himself using oil, tempera, pastel, and graphic techniques. His first works come from the 1890s. He kept creating until the end of his life (a selection of his works can be seen on the website run by the Leon Wyczółkowski District Museum in Bydgoszcz) (Muzeum Okręgowe im. Leona Wyczółkowskiego w Bydgoszczy). The early self-portraits are saturated with colours and sun, and their compositions enrich the then-fashionable motifs, inspired, for example, by Japanese art and expressing fascination with nature and the landscape of borderlands. With the passage of time, and especially after the First World War, Wyczółkowski’s self-portraits began to be increasingly subdued in terms of colour; they emanated calmness and seriousness. In a self-portrait from this period, which is one of the exhibits from the collection of the Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, the artist dispensed with all the props and presented himself in an elegant, eye-catching suit instead. The portrait was created in 1921, the year of Wyczółkowski’s jubilee. Back then, the painter celebrated the 50th anniversary of his artistic work. On this occasion, the Kraków Society of Friends of Fine Art organised an exhibition of his works, located in Feliks Manggha Jasieński’s collection at the Palace of Fine Arts in Kraków. Wyczółkowski’s works were also exhibited in autumn, at the Zachęta Gallery in Warsaw. The artist was also awarded the Fourth-Class Order of the Rebirth of Poland and admitted to the Chapter of the Order.
Self-portrait by Leon Wyczółkowski belongs to the painting gallery of the professors at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. The artist was associated with the School of Fine Arts and later the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, both as a student and as a professor. Wyczółkowski started working at the Academy in 1895 at the invitation of Julian Fałat. The painter was initially employed as a provisional teacher, and, from 1900, worked as a full professor. He resigned from his post after fourteen years of work – in 1911– and justified his decision by citing old age and lack of time. The painter’s biographer, Maria Twarowska, suspects that the decision was also influenced by the relationships at the Academy: the excessive loyalty of its leadership towards Austria, its financial problems, poor working conditions for students and the lack of willingness for further reforms. Wyczółkowski, in spite of his resignation from the post, remained in contact with the students.
- M. Twarowska, Leon Wyczółkowski, Warsaw 1962
- Leon Wyczółkowski 1852–1936: w 150. rocznicę urodzin artysty: National Museum in Cracow, November 16 2002 – 16 February2003, ed. Krystyna Kulig-Janarek, Wacława Milewska, Kraków 2002.
Elaborated by Urszula Kozakowska-Zaucha (National Museum in Kraków),
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