In this composition, the glow of the rising sun illuminates the space that becomes an important symbolic unit meaning-wise. Dawn reaches and lights up the most distance and most darkest depths of the world, which means that the composition is expressing a scenario of a battle between good and evil: the light slowly comes in and the darkness retreats. The first rays of light illuminate the large mound in the water. Immediately, Čiurlionis’ water mounds come to mind (Serenity [1904] and Sunset [1904]). Of course, everything here is slightly different, but both artists have the same motifs of the story that encode the idea of searching for an ideal world.


  • Title: Before the dawn
  • Creator: Kazimierz Stabrowski
  • Date Created: 1913
  • Physical Dimensions: 47 cm x 65 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Pastel on paper

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