It is the author's self-portrait. The painting is two-sided. Its back side contains a “Portrait of a man”.


  • Title: Self-portrait
  • Creator: Olga Boznańska (1865-1940)
  • Date Created: 1 poł. XIX w.
  • Physical Dimensions: 60.5 x 20.5 cm
  • Provenance: In the collection of the Polish Museum in Rapperswil since 1978 (a gift, bequeathed in the last will of Iza Landsberger-Poznańska).
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on cardboard
  • About the author: Olga Boznańska, (1865 Cracow – 1940 Paris), One of the greatest personalities in the history of Polish art, the painter who created in the Young Poland and the interwar period. She studied in private studios of Cracow and Munich. However, it was French Impressionism that had decisive influence on her work. Since 1896 he lived permanently in Paris, and simultaneously she maintained contact with the country. Around 1900 she ultimately developed a unique style of painting, mentally rooted in Neo-Romanticism and Symbolism, which was, however, a proposal going beyond the Young Poland Modernism. An excellent portrait painter, with her great sensitivity and painting culture she showed emotional conditions of her models, using spare range of colours, mostly limited to grey, blue, white and black – hence the term: a grey painter. Using flickering stains of paint, dull colouring and slight vibration of shapes, she introduced to her paintings the element of irrational mystery, an intimate understatement of a situation, suggesting its hidden agenda, also in still lifes, landscapes and interior views. Olga Boznańska’s painting had a significant impact on the development of Polish Colourism, it was also appreciated in France.

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