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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.

Key facts
Artist Probably by Johann August Heinrich
Artist dates 1794 - 1822
Full title Landscape with Figures bathing
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 in Gallery Not on display
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