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Print - Ex-libris U. Sienienski

Ex-libris U. Sienienski

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1925 (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 223

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 fantastical architecture or disturbing landscapes peopled by strange flying or floating beings. He also produced other material, such as portraits and ex-libris plates for book collectors, designed to suggest their taste, personality or achievements.

This ex-libris was made for an international grain trader. It shows the collector’s portrait in a lozenge with, on one side, an ocean-going liner and, on the other, a house with the sun rising beside it. The lozenge itself is supported on a sheaf of grain and surmounted by a crowned phoenix and a tree.

Physical description

A portrait in profile, in a lozenge supported with a cornstook and bushes. A crowned phoenix behind; in the lozenge behind the portrait: to the left a house and a rising sun; to the right a steamship on an ocean. Inscribed as part of the image with Sienienski's name and 'Ex Libris'

Place of Origin

France (probably, made)


1925 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Artist's stamp in red below plate to the right.


Height: 8.2 cm plate, Width: 5.5 cm plate, Height: 25 cm sheet, Width: 16.5 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Konstanty Brandel: " Ex Libris U Sienienski", drypoint, 1925.

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

Konstanty Brandel Muzeum Narodow w Warszawie, Galeria Szfuki Wspolczesnej. Warsaw Listopad- grudzien 1977. Prints cat no. 219


Ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Ex Libris


Illustration; Prints; Portraits

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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