Women Bathing in the Park of Terni, Carl Blechen
Carl Blechen
Women Bathing in the Park of Terni
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Carl Blechen

Women Bathing in the Park of Terni, 1828 – 1829


Dimensions
104.0 x 78.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1888
Acquisition
Acquired in 1934
Status
On display

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About the Work

The viewer who ventures into the sensuous world of these bathers is an intruder. The woodland idyll contrasts with the frightened gestures of the women, who quickly retreat from the summery light into the darkness. Blechen does not focus his attention on the nudity of the women, choosing instead to celebrate nature as a protective place that is also mysterious and overpowering. The height of the trees and the exaggeratedly tall format of the picture make the bathing women look tiny, while the brightness of the foreground emphasises the darkness of the forest. Blechen painted several variations of this scene in the park at Terni.

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Basic Information

Title
Women Bathing in the Park of Terni
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1934

Work Content

Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
  • 31AA545 taking a bath - AA - in the open air
  • 41D92 woman (showing herself) undressed, quasi-nude
  • 31AA231(+2) standing figure - AA - female human figure (+ back view)
  • 43B42 park
  • 61E(TERNI) names of cities and villages (TERNI)
Secondary

Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
...
Philipp Wilhelm Holzmann (1869-1951), Berlin
an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1934.

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20.08.2019