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The Interior of the Palm House on the Pfaueninsel Near Potsdam

Four women with musical instruments lounge in a massive garden courtyard.
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Date:

1834

Artist:

Carl Blechen
German, 1798-1840

About this artwork

Lush palms and overgrown greenery dominate this view of the Palm House, a country estate designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel to house the Prussian royals’ collection of tropical plants. This painting plays with the boundaries between architecture and nature, imagination and reality: vines curl around soaring columns and bowed fronds evoke archways. Carl Blechen populated his dazzlingly specific place-portrait with a leisure scene derived from colonialist fantasies of non-European women. Blechen dressed the figures in rich textiles that echo the building’s colors and motifs, as if he considered them an extension of the décor.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Carl Blechen

Title

The Interior of the Palm House on the Pfaueninsel Near Potsdam

Place

Germany (Object made in)

Date

1834

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

135 × 126 cm (52 1/2 × 50 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior acquisitions of the George F. Harding Collection; L.L. and A.S. Coburn and Alexander A. McKay endowments; through prior gift of William Wood Prince; through prior acquisitions of the Charles H. and Mary F.S. Worcester Endowment

Reference Number

1996.388

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