Tarantella, Carl Blechen
Carl Blechen
Tarantella
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Carl Blechen

Tarantella, ca. 1830


Dimensions
55 x 42.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on wood
Inventory Number
LGBRD 5
Acquisition
On permanent loan from the Federal Republic of Germany since 1966
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 1

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She is dancing the tarantella - but there is no trace here of the merry, fast rhythm of the folk dance from southern Italy. Although the events surrounding the dancing look like a tavern scene that has been transferred to the open air, the figures look strangely restrained. The focus is not on the protagonist but on a melancholy "female spectator" who remains as unmoved by the performance as the monk gazing pensively out to sea. Blechen captures in masterly fashion the colours of Italy, where he sojourned for almost a year in 1828-29. And yet his view of the south here is a broken one.

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07.06.2024