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Chopin may have sat for portrait found at Polish flea market in 1990s

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A badly deteriorated portrait of Frederic Chopin bought almost 30 years in the past at a Polish flea market dates again to the time of the famed Nineteenth-century composer himself.

The discovery was revealed this week at the Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, one of many world’s most prestigious occasions in classical music, the AP reports.

“It is evidently Chopin, but I cannot say whether he posed for this portrait or whether it was painted from another picture,” mentioned Dariusz Markowski, an artwork restoration skilled and Nicolaus Copernicus University professor. “We know nothing of its history or who it was painted for. It was in a very bad state, and I’m really happy that artwork like this can be saved.”

Chopin was born close to Warsaw in 1810 and died in Paris in 1849. His physique was buried in the French capital however his coronary heart was eliminated and is saved immediately in the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Warsaw.

Pianist Asaki Iwai of Japan performs during the qualifying round of the 18th Chopin Piano Competition in the Chamber Hall of the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, Poland on Oct. 7, 2021.
Pianist Asaki Iwai of Japan performs through the qualifying spherical of the 18th Chopin Piano Competition in the Chamber Hall of the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, Poland on Oct. 7, 2021.
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An artwork collector found the peeling portrait in the early 1990s and had hung it in his residence since then. Financial considerations impressed the household to hunt an appraisal, in keeping with the report.

The portray, measuring about 11½ by 9 inches, has since been restored and positioned in a gilded body and sits in a financial institution vault in Poland.

Markowski didn’t supply a price on the work, however instructed the AP “it has significant historic and emotional value.”

The portray’s actual origins are laborious to pinpoint as solely the artist’s first identify, Alfred, could be seen.

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