Women Bathing in the Park of Terni
Oil on canvas
Inv. No. 1888
104 × 78 cm
The notion of Italy as an earthly paradise led many northern artists to embark on grand tours that would provide them with inspiration and vital energy. In 1829, Blechen likewise felt drawn to leave Berlin for that sundrenched country. There he produced hundreds of oil sketches as equipment for his future work as a scene painter and academy professor at the Prussian court. Blechen characterizes the Park of Terni in the Nera Valley as a charming locus amoenus, charging it with sensuality by the figures of the two unconstrained young women. A spell is cast upon the scene by the dazzling sunlight, which the high leafy canopy captures and breaks down into a colourful play of reflections.