Sir Alfred GilbertIgnacy Jan Paderewski 1891

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Artist
Sir Alfred Gilbert (1854‑1934)
Title
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Date 1891
MediumBronze
Dimensionsobject: 600 x 319 x 193 mm, 30.8 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1934
Reference
N04755
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This work depicts Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941), a Polish pianist who was renowned for his dazzling technique and luxuriant head of hair. In 1918 he became Prime Minister of Poland. The bust was completed in two hours while Paderewski played the piano in Gilbert’s studio. The plaster was not cast into bronze until 1934, suggesting that Gilbert considered it unfinished. However, it has a sense of freedom not found in other contemporary portraits by Gilbert.

February 2010

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