oil on canvas
36.5 x 200 cm (wymiar z ramą 62 x 225 cm)
signed at the lower left: B.Biegas
- Joubert Szabolcs, Hungary
- Anna Maja Misiak, Bolesław Biegas (1877–1954). Twórczość rzeźbiarska, „Rocznik Muzeum Mazowieckiego w Płocku", t. 17: 2001, s. 39–68
"The Wave depicts calm and gently rippling sea with woman's face emerging from it, slightly raised above the surface of the water.The face is painted in a traditional for Biegas' early-period style - simplified and schematic, with large eyes highlighted by shadows, and Greek profile with a straight nose.The wavy hair entwine women's figure with coils, forming kind of a wave above her head that melts into depths of the sea.Composition of the painting is flat, lacking an illusion of three-dimensionality.The unreality of the scene, focused on one figure-phantom, taking place in an unnatural, undefined space, sourcing from the imagination of the creator only, makes this painting a symbolic par excellence piece of art. Colours ofWave are kept in various shades of blue and navy, juxtaposed with shades of dark red, lightened by a few cold tones.The wavy skyline separates the dark water of the sea from the lighter, blue and pink sky. This sophisticated com-bination of colours and diversity of tones highlighted by a narrow range of hues make the painting extremely decorative. Dramatic contrast of dark colors introduces a full of anxiety, mysterious and oncoming misfortune-like atmosphere that enhances the symbolic character of this work."