Lovis CorinthThe Temptation of St Anthony after Gustave Flaubert 1908

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Artist
Lovis Corinth (1858‑1925)
Title
The Temptation of St Anthony after Gustave Flaubert
Die Versuchung des heil. Antonius nach Gustave Flaubert
Date 1908
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1353 x 2003 mm
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Tate
Acquisition Presented by Erich Goeritz 1936
Reference
N04831
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As well as portraits, still lifes and landscapes, Corinth painted many mythological and religious subjects throughout his career. This work is closely based on an episode in Flaubert's book of the same title, in which St Anthony is tempted by the Queen of Sheba. She appears before him with a train of exotic attendants, including an elephant, camels and women astride piebald horses. Professional models posed for Corinth, including a wrestler for the figure of St Anthony. Corinth frequently painted several versions of his subjects, often years apart. His first version of this theme was painted in 1897 and is more conventional, depicting an aged hermit tormented by naked women.

August 2004

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