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- Author Olga Boznańska (1865—1940)
- Date of production 1894
- Dimensions height: 88.5 cm, width: 69 cm
- Author's designation Boznańska 94
- ID no. MNK-II-b-1032
- Branch Main Building
- Gallery 20th-Century Polish Art
- Acquired date purchased in 1950
- Object copyright The National Museum in Kraków
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation NMK, iMNK project
Above all, Olga Boznańska is a portraitist, an artist of portraits painted in muted colours, sometimes almost monochrome. The figures in her paintings are usually represented indoors, against a neutral background constructed with diffused and subdued lighting, subtly defining the space and imparting her paintings with an aura of the unreal.more
Above all, Olga Boznańska is a portraitist, an artist of portraits painted in muted colours, sometimes almost monochrome. The figures in her paintings are usually represented indoors, against a neutral background constructed with diffused and subdued lighting, subtly defining the space and imparting her paintings with an aura of the unreal.
While in Munich in 1894, Olga Boznańska painted one of her best pieces — Girl with Chrysanthemums — a true colour bravado restricting itself to subtle tones of silver and grey applied with delicate strokes. The artist created a new kind of child portrait with this painting. By showing a child against a background of a neutral grey and white wall, Boznańska broke with the tradition of representing children in smart costumes and elegant stylish interiors.
Unusually serious for her age, the lonely girl dressed in a modest dress is holding lightly-coloured chrysanthemums with her entwined hands; her pale face and large eyes, extraordinary in their blackness and glowing like with a fever, truly captivate the viewer. The expression of her eyes, looking ahead and filled with a mix of tension, curiosity and confidence, makes the portrayed girl come into a psychological contact with the viewer, just like a hypnotist.
The portrait exudes a pensive, sad, mysterious and vague aura, similar to that created by Maurice Maeterlinck, a poet Boznańska was very fond of. This similarity was observed in 1896 by William Ritter. In the pages of Paris “Gazette des Beaux-Arts”, he wrote of a portrait of “a girl with strange disquieting eyes, as if two drops of ink spilling out onto the morbidly pale face, a contemporary ideal of Maeterlinck's character. It is an enigmatic child that will drive mad those who scrutinise her for too long (…). The girl is so frightening, so pale and so white that she sends shivers up the spine.”
Elaborated by Urszula Kozakowska-Zaucha (The National Museum in Kraków), © all rights reserved