Water Mirror

Water Mirror

Water Mirror

Mirror of water, a work of the Swedish Johan Axel Gustav Acke, also constitutes a milestone of first order in the artistic development of the nationalist current Scandinavian. The picture was begun in September of 1894, when Acke realized a stay in the bosom of an artists' colony, on an island in the Stockholm archipelago. A few months later, the artist decides to make an imposing frame whose decoration would be in harmony with the theme of the canvas. In fact, the painted aquatic and forest elements, the sculpted coniferous branches populated by climbing birds, are a hymn to Scandinavian nature. Throughout the year 1895, the work is modified: from the mural, it becomes a large screen to place in the center of a room. A reverse is conceived, in the form of five narrow panels representing a ballet of nymphs of water in the Germanic legends - holding a luminous pylon. The theme of the Mirror of water is based on the osmosis of naked human body and nature, as he did in other works, to celebrate naturist practices of which he was a fervent adept. Here, both female bodies do not indulge in mere water games and sports, but appear thrown into an irrepressible race. Could not they be endowed with an allegorical value, and if so, would Sweden not come to the aid of Finland oppressed by Tsarist Russia? This hypothesis could be confirmed by the fact that Acke has resumed his painting ten years after finishing it, accentuating the luminosity by shades of bluish blue, just before sending it to the 1908 International Exhibition of Saint Petersburg.

Water Mirror

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