Wedding Dream in Nudist Colony

  • Gustave Klumpp, Wedding Dream in Nudist Colony, 1971, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.122

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.

Luce Object 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

Title
Wedding Dream in Nudist Colony
Artist
Date
1971
On View
Dimensions
24 x 30 in. (61.0 x 76.2 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group – nude
  • Landscape – bird's eye view
  • Landscape – town
  • Recreation – sport and play – swimming
  • Ceremony – wedding
Object Number
1986.65.122
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

More from artist

More Artworks from the Collection