Rare Portrait Of Frederic Chopin Found At A Flea Market

ByQuyen Anne

Feb 1, 2024
On the occasion of the 18th Frederic Chopin Piano Competition taking place in Poland, a rare portrait drawing of composer Chopin has been revealed to the public.

The portrait painting of Frederic Chopin measures 29.5 cm x 23.3 cm. Professor Dariusz Markowski (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland) was the person who examined and restored the painting last year. By then, the portrait of the Polish composer had already been peeled off quite a bit; The only information saved is the name “Alfred” – believed to be the author of the painting.

Using advanced methods based on the materials and pigments used, as well as the degree of aging and damage, Professor Dariusz Markowski determined the painting was completed in the mid-19th century. Mr. Markowski said The painting has historical and aesthetic value, but not to mention the price.

Professor Dariusz Markowski revealed that the owner is an art connoisseur who discovered the portrait at a flea market in the city of Lublin (Poland) in the early 1990s. Years later, finances were difficult. causing the painting’s owner to need a professional appraisal and restoration expert, they eventually turned to Markowski. The professor recounted that the painting’s owner said it was “extraordinary” that the work survived 170 years of chaos and ended up in a flea market.

The existence of this work of art was revealed on the occasion of the 18th Frederic Chopin Piano Competition taking place in Warsaw, with People’s Artist Dang Thai Son joining the jury. The portrait has now been restored and stored in a bank in eastern Poland. The owner said he will soon organize a public exhibition to introduce and possibly sell this painting.

Frederic Chopin was born in 1810 in Zelazowa Wola, near Warsaw. His mother is Polish and his father is French. He left Poland to study music in Vienna (Austria) and then went to Paris (France) to establish a career in composing, performing and teaching piano. He died in Paris in 1849./.

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