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

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About the Work

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.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
The Sleep
Painter
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten links: Eugène Carrière
Work Catalogues
  • Rapetti 352

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 2013 as a gift from Claus H. Wencke

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Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 42A3 mother and baby or young child
  • 31B1 sleeping; unconsciousness
  • 23R14 night
Secondary
  • 42A31 nursing, suckling

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20.08.2019