Arthur Rubinstein, Zakopane

A work made of varnished carbon print.

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Date:

1913/14

Artist:

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz
Polish, 1885–1939

About this artwork

A brilliant and eccentric playwright, painter, and novelist, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz also worked extensively with photography in 1910–14 and again around 1930. His intimate portraits of friends, such as the pianist Arthur Rubinstein, were taken at his family residence in Zakopane, a Galician vacation town. They concentrate on the inner spirit of the subject while pointedly ignoring conventional appearances; at times, as here, they seem even to blur distinctions between masculine and feminine posture or address. Prescient and daring, these portraits, made as gifts for friends, remained unexhibited and unpublished during Witkiewicz’s lifetime.

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Photography

Artist

Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz

Title

Arthur Rubinstein, Zakopane

Origin

Poland

Date

1913–1914

Medium

Varnished carbon print

Inscriptions

Unmarked recto; verso unchecked

Dimensions

18 x 13 cm (image/paper); 25 x 17.1 cm (mount)

Credit Line

Laura T. Magnuson Endowment

Reference Number

1994.44

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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