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

104.0 x 78.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
Acquired in 1934
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 2


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.

Work Data

Basic Information

Women Bathing in the Park of Terni
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1934

Work Content

Motifs and References


  • 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)

Research and Discussion


Object History
Philipp Wilhelm Holzmann (1869-1951), Berlin
im Tausch gegen die Gemälde "Bildnis Otto Fürst von Bismarck“ von Franz von Lenbach (Inv. Nr. 1246, erworben 1892) und „Mädchen an einem Brunnen in der Nähe eines Klosters“ von Joseph Anton Koch (Inv. Nr. 1668, erworben 1922) an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1934.


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