15 Works, June 22nd. is Ditlev Blunck’s day, his story, illustrated with footnotes #169

Ditlev Blunck
Nightmare, c. 1846

Oil on canvas
62 x 49 cm.
Nivaagaards Malerisamling

Sex, euphoria and even life and death are all cast alongside one another in this nightmarish painting from 1846. A messy room is illuminated by the first morning rays of light. The clock hands show that it is past six in the morning and a four-poster bed’s dressing has become a stage curtain framing the piquant drama unfolding in this scene. A demonic incubi with the head of a hare, torso of a man and backside of a cat has entered through an open window and now sits on the lap of a young woman in deep slumber. The incubi has used one of its paws to pull down her white, see-through nightdress, revealing one of her breasts. The woman, still dreaming, does not exhibit any fear or distress at the presence of the grotesque creature. On the contrary; with her closed eyes, half-parted lips and relaxed body, she appears to be in a state of sensuous pleasure. Aroused, while not aroused from her deep slumber. More on this painting

Ditlev Conrad Blunck (22 June 1798–7 January 1853) was a Danish-German painter associated with the Danish Golden Age during the first half of the 19th century.

Blunck was born in 1798 in Münsterdorf in Holstein, at that time a duchy with a largely German-speaking populace ruled by Denmark. In 1814 he began his studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Art in Copenhagen. Presumably dissatisfied with the Danish Academy, Blunck moved in 1818 to Munich and enrolled at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. He studied in Bavaria for two years before returning to Copenhagen…

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Author: Zaidan Art Blog

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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