Jacek Malczewski (1854 – 1929)

Jacek Malczewski. The Piano Lesson, 1877

Malczewski o dobrej proweniencji. Praca sprzedana za $19,550 w Christie’s w 1997 roku (wycena $6,000 – 8,000) a teraz może być znacznie wyżej, jedynie w funtach a nie w dolarach. Historia tego obrazu podana jest w opisie katalogowym.

Lot 203. Jacek Malczewski, Polish 1854-1929- The Piano Lesson, 1877; oil on canvas, inscribed and dated on the reverse, 44x78cm Provenance: Helena Karczewska (nee Malczewska) until her death in 1933; Christie’s East, New York, 26th February, 1997, lot 247; Private Collection, UK; thence by descent Literature: A. Heydel, ‘Jacek Malczewski – the person and the artist’, Krakow, 1933, p.76 Note: This painting completed by Malczewski early on in his artistic career is thought to portray the artist’s two younger sisters Bronis?awa and Helena; originally titled ‘The Portrait of the Two Sisters’. Displaying artistic talent from an early age, Malczewski left school to continue his studies within art and in 1876 enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris under Ernst Henri Lehmann. Home-sick and dismissive of the strict teaching methods implemented by his tutor, he rejected his life in Paris in July 1877. The following Autumn he went on to enrol at the Krakow School of Fine Arts under Jan Matejko, so it is considered that this particular painting would have been completed in his home city of Radom between these two periods. Malczewski’s youngest sister Helena, seen playing the piano in this double portrait, owned this painting until her death in 1933. Only a small number of Malczewski’s paintings survive from this period and give an unique insight into the artist’s early finished naturalistic compositions. Malczewski would go onto be one of the leading painters of the Polish school and eventually a respected name across Europe, rejecting the Realism taught in the French Schools and adopting a more overt form of Symbolism that has continued to stand in high regard through multiple artistic circles to this day. We are grateful to Paulina Szymalak-Bugajska from the Museum of Jacek Malczewski, Radom, for her assistance in the cataloguing of this lot. Estimate 6,000 – 8,000 GBP. Roseberys London. 11/21/19

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