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Lot 28 - Stefan W. Bakalowicz, Question and Answer, Oil Painting, 1897

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Oil on panel
Stefan W. Bakalowicz (1857-1947) – Polish painter
Signed, dated and inscribed „S.BAKALOWICZ. ROMA (SZKIC) MDCCCXCVII“
The authenticity of the work has been confirmed by V. Petrov
Dimensions: 36 x27.2 cm
In a splendid, carved and gilt frame: 64.5 x 75.5 cm
Provenance: Private collection, Poland
Scene with Ligia and Vicinius, the main characters from the novel “Quo Vadis” by Henryk Szienkiewicz. A painting with a similar scene and the same title, dated 1900, is in the collection of the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg.
Bakalowicz's sense for accurately composition and for sublime illumination – in this painting the couple stands in a patio illuminated indirected – was highly appreciated among his collectors, who compared him with the famous English painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema.


The painting is in an good condition, consistent with age. It shows partially fine craquelure. The inspection under UV light reveals some minor retouching on the edges and in the vestment of Ligia and in the upper part of the architecture in the background and the architecture of the fountain. The frame shows usual signs of age and wear.

Stefan W. Bakalowicz (1857-1947)

Alfter hist artistic training in Warsaw and St. Petersburg, Bakalowicz moved to Paris in 1882 and setteled the in Rome. In Rome he painted his main works: numerous paintings depicting scenes from the life in ancient Rome. These detailed paintings show his large knowledge in archeology and classics. (rac)

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