Portrait of Henryka Sienkiewicza1913 by Olga Boznańska

oil on cardboard

Neither academic nor avant-garde, her art was based on the psychological approach of her models. Her portrait of the Polish writer Henryk Sienkiewicz, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1905, was thus presented as a bust, on a similar background, his eyes cast somewhere else, a stranger to the spectator. In the 1920s and above all in the 1930s, she focused even more on the model’s face, dissolving form and outline in suggestions of color (Portret malarza Jana Rubczaka, 1930).
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