The Sleep, Eugène Carrière
Eugène Carrière
The Sleep
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Eugène Carrière

The Sleep, 1890


Dimensions
66.2 x 82.3 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2414
Acquisition
Acquired in 2013 as a gift from Claus H. Wencke
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 8

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This painting is a of a woman and her infant sleeping side by side. Yet despite the close-up view, the blurry and sweeping mode of representation eludes the onlooker. The outlines of both figures can hardly be made out, and they appear to be floating in the dark. The soft focus and almost monochromatic palette of greys and browns – a trademark of the French Symbolist – communicate the intimacy of mother and child, while veiling them from the outside world. Images of mother and child form a substantial part of Carrière’s oeuvre.

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07.06.2024