Painters Paintings Henry Fuseli (Füssli) (1741–1825): The Nightmare, 1790-91, Oil on canvas, 77 x 6…
Painters Work Henry Fuseli (Füssli) (1741–1825): The Nightmare, 1790-91, Oil on canvas, 77 x 64 cm, Goethe-Museum, Frankfurt, Germany
Though of Swiss origin, Fuseli is taken into account one of many nice English artists of the late eighteenth century.
Initially, Fuseli made his dwelling by writing, whereas engaged in illustrating the works of his favorite authors, notably William Shakespeare.
Fuseli did a complete of 4 variations on The Nightmare, most likely his best-known theme. The instance in Frankfurt is the second variation. Although the motif was not impressed by any particular literary mannequin, it might be unthinkable and not using a data of ghost tales, particularly English ones. The determine of the lady mendacity asleep or unconscious is extraordinarily elongated and distorted, not as a result of Fuseli may do no higher, however with a purpose to visualize the horrible oppressiveness of the gnome crouched on the lady’s breast, a nightmare and incarnation of unconscious terrors. Within the hole between the curtains within the background seems the ghostly head of a blind horse, which anticipates the demoniac facet given this animal particularly in later French Romanticism.