Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
Teofil Kwiatkowski, oil on canvas, [c.1843], photograph of the unknown author, taken in 1962, Alfred Cortot collection, 397 x 284.
Collection: Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina, Warsaw [M/2257].
This portrait was wrongly attributed to the Italian artist Luigi Rubio until the signature on a lithograph by Hermann Raunheim based on this portrait—Raunheim d’après Kwiatkowsky—enabled the artist to be identified correctly. Following research aimed at establishing how Chopin really looked, unconnected with an artistic evaluation of the picture as a work of art, this portrait was deemed the most faithful. The research compared the measurements of sixteen portraits produced during the composer’s lifetime with a daguerreotype, death masks, bone fragments of his parents and descriptions of his physical appearance given by the composer’s contemporaries.