R.A.H. (againstathorn) wrote,

Franz Georg Kleber - After the Ball (1895)

Today I will share a work by Austrian painter Franz Georg Kleber. After a delightful evening at the ball, our subject sleeps nude within these fashionable quarters, furnished with an oriental rug and elegant decorations, among other delights. She is also supplied drink and fresh fruit. For me this scene is so lavish and excess that is boarders on ridiculous, taking on an almost surreal quality, but such was life for the fortunate few, I guess.

I admire how Kleber renders the morning light in that curious translucent fabric she’s using as a bedsheet. Very nice. The styling of her hair brings to mind the work of the Pre-Raphaelites. On a final note, my attention keeps drifting toward what appears to be a large mirror standing up against the wall. Partially obscured by the red curtain, the mirror’s positioning registers to me as a doorway leading into another room, though it is simply casting a reflection from somewhere else. Whether intentional or not, this optical trick adds dimension to an already intriguing scene.
Tags: before and after the ball march 2018
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