Clara Porges - Nymphen, no year
Oil on canvas
96 x 120 cm
The two female figures in Clara Porges (*17.9.1879 Berlin - 17.5.1963 Samaden) Nymphen lie oversized in the mountain valley and resemble two monumental mountains. Porges did not contrast, but unified the two pictorial elements. The elliptical sky also seems to refer to a striving for unity. The earth and nature are to be perceived as a whole through the implied curvature of the earth. A view that would not be possible for human beings with their limited size and optical perception.
The artist Clara Porges attended the municipal art school and the Fehr Academy in Berlin from 1896-1900, where she received training as a painter. Porges made study trips to Italy, Vienna and the Engadine, following in Nietzsche's footsteps. From 1912 until the early 1950s, Clara Porges' artistic work was shown at numerous exhibitions in London, Vienna, Munich, Leipzig, Dresden, Freiburg im Breisgau, Stuttgart, Bern and Zurich. Nevertheless, the artist's works were almost forgotten. It was not until 1985, when her works were integrated into the exhibition "Das Oberengadin" (The Upper Engadine), that their great significance was correctly perceived and viewed in a larger context by artists who dealt with the Engadine.