Lovis Corinth

Höllenfragment [Hell, fragment]

About this artwork

Also known as 'The Fall', this represents a fragment of a much larger composition. Corinth seems to have been unhappy with the rest of the painting and has retained only this section. This dramatic and terrifying scene of figures tumbling towards the flames of Hell shows the sensuous paint handling and bold brushstrokes for which the artist was renowned. A disembodied claw swipes at the thigh of the man on the right, as he screams in terror. Beneath the two women at the top, a grey demon can just be seen, emerging from the darkness.

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  • title:
    Höllenfragment [Hell, fragment]
  • accession number:
    GML 793
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    About 1901
  • measurements:
    102.00 x 41.00 cm (framed: 112.00 x 51.50 x 5.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Long loan in 1997
  • copyright:
    Private Collection on long term loan to the National Galleries of Scotland
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Lovis Corinth

Lovis Corinth