Portrait of a Scholar / Medium

A statuesque female head with a stern face immortalised in granite by Alfons Łosowski. The face was carved out of a stone block yielding angular, almost geometrically designed planes. Seriousness, dignity, and an aura of mystery characterise this sculptural portrait. The sculpture is likely a Portrait of a Scholar but is also known as the Medium. The display of the work on a high, stepped stone pedestal enhances the monumentality of the presentation.

Alfons Łosowski was born in 1908 in Orkiewicze (now in Belarus). He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Stefan Bathory University (now Vilnius University) in Vilnius in the studio of Professor Henryk Kuna. In World War II, he was a soldier of the Vilnius District Home Army. After the war, he settled in Gdańsk, where he worked on the reconstruction of the city, reconstructing sculptures decorating the facades of the tenement houses in the Main Town. From 1955, he devoted himself to his own art in his studio at ul. Mariacka 11/13, Gdańsk. Alfons Łosowski made several outdoor sculptures in Gdańsk and many sculptural works in Poland and abroad, in outdoor locations, public buildings, and in museum and private collections. The artist died in Gdańsk in 1988.

Author: Alfons Łosowski (1908- 1988)
Date: 1968
Technique: granite