Today I present you a quite famous and oftenly found motive of the contemporary art of the 18. and 19. century: the motive of bathing women or nymphs. The idea is founded on the intention to built a normal pond, how we can find such in every Prussian and Silesian village of the 18. century
- till today.
See this postcards I found by combing through Polish and German sites about East-Prussia:
|Lake Schwentainen, Masuria, Poland; |
|pond in Mensguth Dorf, Ortelsburg district, former Prussia|
But the object seemed to be too boring to be placed simply on the tabletop as a decorative element between the rural buildings around our battles. Having irregular troops like Cossacks and Prussian hussars and Jaegers, it could be a piquant detail to add some nude girls, having a bath in the pond.
If the Cossacks will harass them or the Prussians will defend them by time, we will see later.
This motive is also a theme in the classical art - nearly every painter used the motive of bathing nymphs in his work - it gives me also the excuse to be in a good society... I risk to be spammed in google by showing naked bodies, but I hope, you will put your intellectual glasses on and interpretate my post as a contribution to an all-embracing knowledge of the life of the 18. century...
Thank you, gentlemen.
The figures are some of S+D 1/43 miniatures from UK, the ladies free of of clothes from the Spanish manufacturer El Viejo Dragon - a rare and excellent range of Roman Bath scenes. I gave them a pale skin and lighter, fair hair to match better in the Prussian-Polish context. That´s all. I forgot: It was also a nice occasion to experiment with the artificial water effect from NOCH, a sort of guck with a lot of options in modelling.
|A nice couple of S+D Miniatures: girl pets a dachshund|
|Paul Cézanne: les baigneuses|
|Pierre Auguste Renoir, Baigneuses|
|Pierre Auguste Renoir, Baigneuses 2|
|Thanks to abdul666, who wrote me such a kind comment with this image linked, I put that here - it matches well with the theme. ..|