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Self Portrait (1887) with Apron and Brushes
by Anna Bilinska Bohdanowicz, (b. 1857)
by Frances Borzello

"The polish artist Anna Bilinska paints herself taking a break from her work. She is convincingly scruffy. She has not bothered to remove her apron, and, although her hair began the day pinned up, some tendrils have escaped. As she sits on a homely bentwood chair, she bends forward to stare at the spectator, a bunch of brushes held across her apron in one hand and her palette hanging down at the extemity of the other. [...]

"This pose of Bilinska's has not been seen before. She has set herself down in front of the curtain which forms a background for the model. The combination of transitory pose and backcloth is an understated but witty way of telling her spectator that she has become — but only temporarily — the model not the artist."

Notes from WIKIPEDIA

"Anna Bilińska-Bohdanowicz (1857–1893) was a Polish painter, known for her portraits. She was born as Anna Bilińska, a daughter of Polish doctor in Ukraine, where she spent her childhood. She lived with her father in Russia, before studying music and art in Warsaw.

"She went later to study at the Académie Julian in Paris. She lived in France until 1892, when she married a medical doctor named Bohdanowicz and she took his name (Anna Bilińska-Bohdanowicz). They returned to Warsaw after their marriage, where she died a year later of heart attack.

"Her paintings are known from the reproductions of her portraits of women and the often reproduced view of the Unter den Linden in Berlin from 1890."

Under the Linden Trees in Berlin
by Anna Bilinska-Bohdanowicz, 1890
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