Ludwig Richter’s Genoveva – Strains and Colours

Genoveva, Ludwig Richter, 19th century watercolor
Genoveva, Ludwig Richter (details and alternate image), 19th century watercolor

Genoveva, Ludwig Richter, watercolor on paper, roughly 12 x 7 in (31 x 18 cm); within the collectin of the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork, which has each a zoomable and downloadable model of th elarge picture.

This portray by nineteenth century German painter and printmaker Adrian Ludwig Richter depicts the legend of Genoveva, a girl falsely accused of adultry whereas her husband was off to conflict. Condemmed to loss of life, she sought refuge within the forest of Ardennes, the place she and her son discovered shelter in a cave and had been fed by a deer for six years.

Within the model of the portray within the photos above, backside, I’ve achieved one thing I’ve usually complained about others doing: taking a picture of an paintings and cranking up the saturation to make it look “higher” and “extra trendy”. Hopefully, on this case, I’ve achieved so judiciously with the intention of giving a sign of what I feel the portray might have seemed like when initially painted.

It’s my understanding that many watercolors from the nineteenth century are light, partly from publicity to gentle for pigments that had been lower than lightfast, and partly from publicity to sulpher compounds from the air pollution brought on by the burgeoning industrial age, which interacted particularly with lead-based whites, yellows and reds. I’m simply guessing that the portray was initially extra vibrant than it’s at current (maybe much more than my tough approximation).