Nymph, Victor Müller
Victor Müller
Nymph
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Victor Müller

Nymph, 1862


Dimensions
295.0 x 229.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 658
Acquisition
Acquired in 1938 with the Lulu Müller collection
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

The forbidden view. Immersed in the gloom of the woods, the nymph seems to take no notice of the onlooker. The guardian of the forest is as unprotected as she is unapproachable. Her permissive pose and the painting’s monumental scale reveal the influence of Gustave Courbet, who sojourned in Frankfurt in 1858/59 and was in close contact with Müller. Considered immoral by the artist‘s contemporaries, the depiction of the wood nymph triggered vehement controversy. It was nevertheless Müller’s single most-exhibited painting and is regarded as his magnum opus.

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Basic Information

Title
Nymph
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: Victor Müller 1862

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1938 with the Lulu Müller collection

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Primary
  • 31AA14(+56) human figure of ideal proportions, e.g. academic nude - AA - female human figure (+ lying)
  • 92L3 nymphs (in general); 'Ninfe in commune' (Ripa)
  • 22C9 darkness

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16.09.2019