A luxuriant forest is the romantic and lyrical landscape where the dance of the nude nymphs takes place in this joyful 19th Century antique oil on canvas painting featuring a mythological scene.
Dance of the Nymphs and Naiads is a myth inspired by the tales of ancient Greece and ancient Rome, a subject already much loved in the Renaissance period as an allegory of rebirth – as in one of the most famous paintings in the world the Spring by Sandro Botticelli- then reproduced throughout the neoclassicism by academic painters -due to the renewed interest in classical artworks following the discovery of archaeological sites- and taken up later, with ecological purposes and meanings, also by the Barbizon school and Impressionist artists.
The present artwork – signed Vagner low left and datable to the second half of the 19th century – is closely inspired by an important work by the great Camille Corot, which is now housed at the Musée d’Orsay (Paris).
This historical oil on canvas painting, featuring a joyful scene with the three graces and other dancing nymphs some of them adorning the statue of Bacchus with flower garlands, perfectly combines a realistic depiction of the natural world with a spirited romanticism. The nymph figures frolic playfully beneath a crisp morning sky, this is an highly decorative and lovely composition executed with a level of skill and artistry by a talented painter who captures the poetic atmosphere through a traditional and “tight” painting technique – with minute exactness, clear outlines, thin brush work, but with absolute definition of objects throughout.
Very good overall condition, original canvas, stable surface, bright and saturated colors, housed in a lovely molded giltwood frame. The frame features some tiny scratches low right which can be restored on request.
Measures: H. 58, L.78, P.4 cm
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