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Probably by Johann August Heinrich, Landscape with Figures bathing

Key facts
Full title Landscape with Figures bathing
Artist Probably by Johann August Heinrich
Artist dates 1794 - 1822
Date made about 1820
Medium and support Oil on paper laid on canvas
Dimensions 28.5 × 31.2 cm
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L837
Location On loan: Gere Collection Paintings to the Ashmolean (2024 - 2026), The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford, UK
Image copyright The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission
Collection Main Collection
Landscape with Figures bathing
Probably by Johann August Heinrich

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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