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 x 78 cm
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Oil on canvas
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Acquired in 1934
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 2


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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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