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The Lorelei

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Description During an 1886-89 stay in Paris, this Boston painter experimented with working in oils outdoors. He gradually abandoned the dark-toned palette of the Barbizon masters for the brighter colors of the French Impressionists. Hassam named this study of a nude model, painted as if posed on a cliff, after the siren in the German poet Heinrich Heine's "Die Lorelei" (1827). In the poem, the Lorelei, a water spirit dwelling in the treacherous rocks along the Rhine River, lures ships to their destruction with her tantalizing singing: Night falls as I linger, dreaming, And calmly flows the Rhine; The Peaks of the mountains gleaming In the golden sunset shine. A wondrous lovely maiden Sits high in glory there; Her robe with gems is laden, And she combs out her golden hair.
Date Description Narrative
6/13/1963Treatmentcleaned; coated; loss compensation; other
12/17/1963Examinationexamined for loan
5/16/1991Examinationexamined for condition
  • The Walters' American Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2005-2006.
Provenance Purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, possibly 1905 [1]; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] this painting was possibly acquired at the National Academy of Design exhibition of 1905, where it won the Thomas B. Clarke Prize
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower right: Childe Hassam; [Date] Lower right: 1904
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1905 (?)

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H: 25 1/8 x W: 21 1/16 in. (63.8 x 53.5 cm); Framed H: 38 × W: 32 11/16 × D: 3 3/8 in. (96.5 × 83 × 8.5 cm)
  • USA (Place of Origin)
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