Piotr Michałowski (1800–1855)
Self-Portrait, designed c. 1832, cast 1991
Purchased in 1991

material: bronze

dimensions: 30 x 22 x 20 cm

description: Piotr Michałowski, an artist who made only two little sculptures at an early stage of his career, did describe his profession as “painting and sculpting” as late as in 1846 (in a letter to his wife), which may suggest that he had not abandoned his interests and ambitions in sculpture by that time. It is most likely that he made his self-portrait, probably in plaster, at the beginning of his stay in Paris. The artist rendered it in the Neoclassical style, depicting his bare bust. This portrait, although without any psychological elements, conveys a good likeness of the artist that we know from his other portraits: his elongated face and the characteristic, slightly hooked nose. Even the hairstyle is the same as in the early oil Self-Portrait at the Easel from a private collection, dated to the years 1818–1824. Based on several plaster examples of the statuette from the collection of the artist’s family, now in the museum’s collection, a few bronze casts were made at different times. Anna Zeńczak

exposition: The Gallery of 19th Century Polish Art in Sukiennice,
The Cloth Hall, 1, Main Market Square

key: Romanticism. Towards national art >>>

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