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Study of the Painter's Dead Mother

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: The Lenkiewicz Foundation

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The theme prevalent in this painting is that of memento mori. Made from preparatory sketches by the artist at the mortuary where his mother’s body was taken, the sketches are affixed to the rear of the wood panel. The sketches, about four or five inches on a side, are made on yellow notepad paper. At the mortuary, Lenkiewicz found his mother Alice’s body wrapped in a shroud, her jaw secured with a bandage wrapped around her head, which he drew from three different points of view.

The Lenkiewicz Foundation


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  • Medium

    acrylic on wood panel

  • Measurements

    29 x 21 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    bequeathed by the artist, 2010


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