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Wedding Dream in Nudist Colony

1971 Gustave Klumpp Born: Baiersbronn, Germany 1902 Died: New York, New York 1974 oil on canvas 24 x 30 in. (61.0 x 76.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.122 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 22A


Luce Center Quote

“My philosophy of art painting . . . is expressed in the visualization of painting beautiful girls in the nude or seminude and in fictitious surroundings . . .” Gustave Klumpp, “Abbreviated History of My Life,” 1972

Luce Center Label

Gustave Klumpp was fascinated by the nude female figure and painted many fantasy landscapes of unclothed people in exotic surroundings. He sometimes painted himself into the image, too, as a voyeur looking on from the sidelines. In this bird’s-eye view of a nudist colony, the rows of trees, winding pathways, and lack of perspective create a colorful, two-dimensional pattern that almost distracts us from its provocative subject.

Keywords

Ceremony - wedding

Figure group - nude

Landscape - bird's eye view

Landscape - town

Recreation - sport and play - swimming

painting

folk art

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Gustave Klumpp

Born: Baiersbronn, Germany 1902 Died: New York, New York 1974

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