Ignacy Pieńkowski (1877-1948) after studying at the Warsaw Drawing Class of Wojciech Gerson and at the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts under Teodor Axentowicz, Leon Wyczółkowski, continued his studies in Munich, Paris (Académie Julian) and Rome.
After returning to Krakow, he was associated with both the local Academy, where he taught painting from 1918, and the Warsaw “Chimera” environment and the local School of Fine Arts. His work and participation in exhibitions organized by the Lviv, Krakow and Poznan TPSP and TZSP in Warsaw was interrupted by artistic trips to France, Italy and Brazil.
In his paintings he combined post-Impressionist technique with workshop proficiency and a specific, somewhat melancholic mood. In addition to landscape, genre and still life painting, portraiture was often a theme taken up by him.
Description of the painting:
Girl at the Window is one of his earliest works, painted at the end of his studies in Krakow. It not only reflects the fashionable interest in folklore at the end of the century, but also the influence of Leon Wyczółkowski’s painting, then fascinated by the theme of light and color close to French Impressionism. The figure of the pensive girl set against the luminous background of the window is also not free from a symbolic subtext.