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Print - Ex-libris Stanislawa Wachowiak

Ex-libris Stanislawa Wachowiak

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1926 (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. 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. He also made some ex-libris plates for book collectors, designed to suggest their taste, personality or achievements. This one shows a winged figure offering up an infant to a sphinx within a pyramid.

Physical description

Image of a sphinx within a pyramid shape; in the foreground a winged nike, with upstretched arms holding a baby up to the sphinx. Inscribed at bottom of image with 'Ex Libris Stanislawa Warchowiaka' [sic].

Place of Origin

France (probably, made)


1926 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Signature, very small, in pencil on plate bottom right.

Numbered in pencil on left of plate.


Height: 8.2 cm plate, Width: 5.8 cm plate, Height: 32.8 cm sheet, Width: 24.9 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Konstanty Brandel: Ex Libris Stanislawa Wachowiak. 1926. Etching.

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

Konstanty Brandel Muzeum Narodow w Warszawie, Galeria Szfuki Wspolczesnej. Warsaw Listopad- grudzien 1977. Prints cat no. 237


Ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Pyramid; Baby; Sphinxes




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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