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Leon Wyczółkowski, Self-portrait against a sea background

In 1925 Leon Wyczółkowski created a number of self-portraits using a variety of techniques, and among them was one of two versions against a sea background, made with tempera on plywood. The painting can be viewed at the exhibition in Leon Wyczółkowski's house.

The artist presented himself as a monumental, solitary, mighty 'rock' in a cherry-red painting coat called the 'robe', against a background of rough sea and clouds, with a hand and a fragment of the sea visible. The painter is gazing into the distance and smiling. Here is what literary critic Stanisław Wasylewski, a contemporary of the artist, had to say about Wyczółkowski's new self-portrait: "The Maestro got bored with graphic design so he reverted to the palette. Wonders of the world! This is but 'Wyczół at the sea', sensational in its distinctness".

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Leon Wyczółkowski, Self-portrait against a sea background, 1925, tempera, ink, watercolours, plywood, 78x95.5 cm

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