Karl Weise - Reflections of Contemplation

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Karl Weise (1890 - 1947) Germany

Reflections of Contemplation, 1919 

oil on canvas
signed upper right Karl Weise 
canvas dimensions 25.19 x 34.44 inches (64 x 87.5)
with frame 30.70 x 39.76 inches (78 x 101 cm)
painted 1919

Essay:
This painting features a young girl sitting on a chair in a dimly lit room, illuminated by the soft glow of an orange-tinted ceiling lamp. This painting captures the essence of the candle-light genre of art, which originated in the 17th century and was popularized by Dutch and Flemish artists.

The candle-light paintings were characterized by the use of a single source of light, which was usually a candle, and were often accompanied by the inclusion of reflective surfaces such as mirrors, to create an ambiance of warmth and intimacy. Weise's painting is a beautiful example of this genre, as he uses the same technique of a single source of light to create a sense of depth and realism in the painting.

The girl in the painting is dressed in a vibrant red dress and white stockings, and her expression suggests a moment of contemplation. On the table, there is a photo frame, perhaps containing a picture of someone dear to her, and its reflection is visible in the mirror in the background. The piano on the right side of the painting is in shadow, while above it is a portrait painting with a golden frame, which adds to the ambiance of the room.

Karl Weise was a renowned painter known for his exceptional use of light and shadow in his paintings, which created a mesmerizing play of light that evoked a sense of depth and realism in his work. His paintings were highly appreciated during his lifetime, and they continue to be admired today for their timeless beauty and artistic merit.

In conclusion, Karl Weise's painting is a beautiful example of the candle-light genre of art. The use of a single source of light creates a warm and intimate ambiance, while the shadows add depth and dimension to the painting. The young girl's expression and the inclusion of the photo frame and portrait painting add a sense of storytelling to the painting, making it a truly captivating classic artwork. 

 

Provenance:
A Swedish private collection. 

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Karl Weise - Reflections of Contemplation
Karl Weise - Reflections of Contemplation
Karl Weise - Reflections of Contemplation
Karl Weise - Reflections of Contemplation
Karl Weise - Reflections of Contemplation
Karl Weise - Reflections of Contemplation
Karl Weise - Reflections of Contemplation
Karl Weise - Reflections of Contemplation
Karl Weise - Reflections of Contemplation
Karl Weise - Reflections of Contemplation
Karl Weise - Reflections of Contemplation
Karl Weise - Reflections of Contemplation