Landscape with Figures bathing

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.

Key facts

Artist dates
1794 - 1822
Full title
Landscape with Figures bathing
Date made
about 1820
Medium and support
Oil on paper laid on canvas
28.5 × 31.2 cm
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery