File:Eckersberg, Christoffer Wilhelm, Ulysses Fleeing the Cave of Polyphemus, 1812.jpg
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|Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg: English: Ulysses Fleeing the Cave of Polyphemus|
English: Ulysses Fleeing the Cave of Polyphemus
English: Catalogue Entry:
Eckersberg spent 1811 to 1812 in the studio of David, practicing life drawing and history painting. One of a series of subjects from the Odyssey, this is perhaps the most compelling. The giant Polyphemus in his cave looms over a sheep, searching for Ulysses and his companions, who blinded the one-eyed monster. The men have escaped beneath the bellies of the flock; Ulysses, at the end, prepares to join his companions. The Mediterranean light is dazzling. We viewers remain imprisoned in the tenebrous foreground as Ulysses slips away. Eckersberg’s study of the eloquent contours of Greek vase painting is put to good use here.
Gallery Label:This is one of a series of paintings and drawings that Eckersberg made in Paris, depicting episodes from Homer’s Odyssey. Ulysses and his companions have blinded the giant Polyphemus, who had been holding them captive in his cave; Ulysses, the last to escape (by tying himself to the underside of a sheep), dismounts and prepares to run away. Eckersberg studied first in Copenhagen and then in Paris with the eminent painter Jacques-Louis David, and this work reflects study of the nude in the life-drawing classes that were the primary focus of David’s training. It also showcases Eckersberg’s interest in perspective, his acute observation of nature, and his nuanced treatment of light. After his stay in Paris, Eckersberg spent three years in Rome before returning to Copenhagen, where he influenced the next generation of artists and became known as the Father of Danish Painting.
oil on canvas
Height: 80 cm (31.4 in); Width: 63.5 cm (25 in)
frame: Height: 96.5 cm (37.9 in); Width: 79.1 cm (31.1 in); Depth: 25 cm (9.8 in)
|Object history||Sold at Bruun Rasmussen Auctions on March 5, 2001 for DKK 330,000 (EUR 44,000), (Lot 690/1069). bruun-rasmussen.dk.|
|Credit line||Museum purchase, Fowler McCormick, Class of 1921, Fund|
|Source/Photographer||Princeton University Art Museum|
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