Clara Porges - Nymphen / Val Maroz von Maloja aus gesehen, n.d.
Oil on canvas
95 x 120 cm
In her attempt to depict the mountains symbolistically, Porges dared to anthropomorphize the landscape entirely, a good example of which can be seen in her work “Nymphen” (Nymphs). The two feminine bodies, arranged in a triangular formation, blend into the alpine landscape surrounding them, while at the same time they form a mountain themselves. They become an allegorical translation of nature and thus a symbol of sublimity.
The reverse side of the painting is concealing another unique element: an expressionist mountain landscape reveals itself to the viewer, more precisely the Val Maroz as seen from Maloja. The soft and subdued hue of the nymphs on the front contrasts sharply with the almost radiant colour scheme of the coloristically elaborated landscape on the back.
The painting is framed so that both sides can be shown. This and other works by Porges are on view in our current exhibition "Clara Porges" in Zurich. More information can be found in our Online Viewing Room.