oil on the board 62 x 49 cm (dimension with frame 79.5 x 66.5 cm)
62 x 49 cm (wymiar z ramą 79.5 x 66.5 cm)
signed lower right: B.Biegas
Tableaux et sculptures de Boleslas Biegas 1877-1954, Ader Picard Tajan, Paris, 1990, s. 7 (il)
Biegasa legacy, Towarzystwo Historyczno-Literackie, Paris,1954
Galerie Jan Kugier, Geneve;
- Auction house Ader Picard Tajan, aukcja Tableaux et sculptures de Boleslas Biegas 1877-1954, Paris, 26.10.1990, (poz. 61).
The painting Grota Świątyni tajemnic (Temple of the Secret's Grotto) belongs to the Mystique of Infinity cycle, works in which the artist refers to the stylistics of symbolism, in particular to Wyspa Umarłych (Island of the Dead) by Arnold Böcklin. The picture is a nocturne showing the landscape of a rocky raid, in which the central point is a stone grotto next to which there is a glowing temple with silvery elements of anthropomorphic features. From the soaring cave a shiny, ephemeral figure emerges, reminiscent of mystical figures. The shadow falling on the building comes from cypresses, which are a quote from the aforementioned Island of the Dead. The anthropomorphic temple, on the other hand, was featured in Biegas's sculpture from the Enchanted Palaces cycle, which the artist created around 1902. The coloring of the work is dominated by dark tones – black and deep blues and a distinctive contrast between light and shadow. The darkness of the scenery is broken by the cold glow from the mysterious figure and the pale glow coming from the grotto. The static, balanced composition of the image, in which flatness and verticalism are accentuated, gives the impression of constant tension, expectation, mystery and anxiety.