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Les Deux Têtes (The Artist and his Muse)

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1913 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brandel, Konstanty, born 1880 - died 1970 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist’s uncle, Witold Leitgeber

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EE, shelf 66

Although he spent most of his adult life living in Paris, the painter and graphic artist Konstanty Brandel often visited his native Poland and continued to consider himself a Polish artist. His work may be described as Symbolist and has much in common with that of figures such as Odilon Redon and Gustave Doré, although Hieronymus Bosch, Giovanni Battista Piranesi and Francisco de Goya have also been cited as possible influences.

Brandel’s imagery often includes architecture or disturbing landscapes. Both are frequently inhabited by men, women and animals engaged in strange or ritualistic behaviour and sometimes endowed with supernatural powers such as the ability to float or fly. Less frequently he made portraits, some of which, like this one, were self-portraits with his muse.

Physical description

The heads almost in profile, of a male and a female figure, facing each other, the male rather satyr-like in appearance and looks rather like a self portrait. very faintly drawn on the plate, could be a soft ground etching.

Place of Origin

France (probably, made)


1913 (made)


Brandel, Konstanty, born 1880 - died 1970 (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Signature in pencil on lower right just below margin of plate.

Inscription in ?Polish and date 1926 on back of sheet.


Height: 13.9 cm plate, Width: 18.1 cm plate, Height: 28.6 cm sheet, Width: 45.2 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Konstanty Brandel: 'Les Deux Têtes', drypoint, 1913.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Konstanty Brandel Muzeum Narodow w Warszawie, Galeria Szfuki Wspolczesnej. Warsaw Listopad- grudzien 1977. Prints cat no. 56


Ink; Paper



Subjects depicted



Portraits; Prints

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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