Landscape with Figures bathing

about 1820, Attributed to Johann August Heinrich

The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission

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A wall of sandy rock overgrown with shrubs, tall grasses, tendrils and angular roots, rises steeply from a pond or slow-moving stream. The painter has skilfully captured the textures of the rocks, the play of light on the leaves and the dense luxuriance of the undergrowth. Three female bathers dressed in white ease themselves into the water. The addition of these figures transforms the landscape sketch from a direct study of nature into a timeless arcadian scene.

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