Material/technique : paper on cardboard, pastel.
Signature: K. Stabrowski (signature in the bottom-right corner of the painting).
A fountain in a park lies in the foreground. It possesses intricate anthropomorphic forms and, in some areas, it mimics a silhouette of the tree that grows further behind it, including its colours. This way, it is granted the characteristics of living nature. One can even see a motif of a face located in the decor of the composition. The top of the fountain is lit up by a colourful spectrum of sunlight. Above it, the viewer can see water being spurted out from the fountain. In Latin, the word fountain denotes a spring. Considering Stabrowski’s inclination to symbolism, it can be interpreted as the spring of insight, source of godly knowledge. There is also a basin around the fountain, inhabited by exotic fish and beautiful plants. A manor and a fragment of the park lie in the background. The composition is decorative yet depicts images realistically. The set-up of colours and lighting convey a sunny summer’s day mood.
Reference: ‘Kazimierz Stabrowski, the Teacher of M. K. Čiurlionis’. Kaunas: M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum, 2016, Kat. Nr. 6, P. 48.
Exhibitions: ‘Kazimierz Stabrowski, the Teacher of M. K. Čiurlionis’, 2015 September 24 - 2016 January 3, M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum,Kaunas.
Published: Kazimierz Stabrowski, the Teacher of M. K. Čiurlionis’. Kaunas: M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum, 2016, Kat. Nr. 6, P. 48.
Photograph: Kazimierz Stabrowski (1869–1929).