Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
Maria Wodzińska, watercolour, 1836, 204 x 303, facsimile.
[Original: Muzeum Narodowe, Warsaw].
Collection: Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina, Warsaw [F/6].
Chopin seated in an armchair, his arms crossed on his chest. This portrait was made in Marienbad (Mariánské Lázně). Fryderyk Chopin arrived in Marienbad on 28 July 1836, to meet with Maria Wodzińska. They stayed at the same hotel—the White Swan. They spent almost a month there, walking and playing music together. Maria painted a watercolour portrait of Fryderyk in an album. When presenting this album to her, Chopin added the meaningful dedication: ‘In memory of Marienbad / FF Chopin 1836’. The original portrait appears on page 23 of an album containing thirty-nine works by Maria Wodzińska. These are pencil likenesses of members of the Wodziński family and their relatives and acquaintances, as well as other sketches made using various artistic techniques.