Friday, January 27, 2023

02 works, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Henryk Ippolitovich Siemiradzki's THE GIRL OR THE VASE, with Footnotes. #157

Henryk Ippolitovich Siemiradzki, 1843 - 1902, attributed
Oil on canvas.
28 x 42 cm.
Private collection

A sketch for a larger painting, also known as "The Presentation of a Slave" (Below). In an elegant interior, two traders, one in red, the other in blue, offer a young woman. You are about to open the white robe of the woman and present the naked beauty to a seated older, white-clad gentleman who is holding a high vase in his right arm. The presentation is viewed on the right by a man who is kneeling on a chair and another man. More on this painting

Henryk Hektor Siemiradzki (24 October 1843 – 23 August 1902) was a Polish painter based in Rome, best remembered for his monumental academic art. He was particularly known for his depictions of scenes from the ancient Greek-Roman world and the New Testament, owned by many national galleries of Europe.
Many of his paintings depict scenes from antiquity, often the sunlit pastoral scenes or compositions presenting the lives of early Christians. He also painted biblical and historical scenes, landscapes, and portraits. His best-known works include monumental curtains for the Lviv Theatre of Opera and for the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Kraków.
After graduating from university with a Kandidat degree he abandoned his scientific career and moved to Saint Petersburg to study painting at the Imperial Academy of Arts from 1864 to 1870. Upon his graduation he was awarded a gold medal. In 1870–1871 he studied under Karl von Piloty in Munich on a grant from the Academy. In 1872 he moved to Rome and later built a studio there on Via Gaeta, while spending summers at his estate in Strzałków near Częstochowa.

After Henryk Siemiradzki
'Wazon Czy Kobieta (The Girl or the Vase)
38 x 52cm (14 15/16 x 20 1/2in)
Private collection
In 1873 he received the title of Academician of the Imperial Academy of Arts for his painting Christ and a Sinner. In 1878 he received the French National Order of the Legion of Honour and a gold medal at the Paris World's Fair for the painting Flower Vase. In 1876–1879 Siemiradzki worked on frescoes for the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (Moscow) among his other large-scale projects. In 1879 he offered one of his best-known works, the enormous Pochodnie Nerona (Nero's torches), painted around 1876, to the newly formed Polish National Museum. Around 1893 Siemiradzki worked on two large paintings for the State Historical Museum (Moscow) and in 1894 produced his monumental curtain for the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Kraków.
He died in Strzałków in 1902 and was buried originally in Warsaw, but later his remains were moved to the national Pantheon on Skałka in Kraków. More on Henryk Hektor Siemiradzki

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