7/21/08

Albert Pinkham Ryder, The Siegfried and the Rhine Maidens


National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Date: 1888- 1891

Based on Wagner's Götterdämmerung, Elliott Daingerfield wrote in 1918 that Ryder told him:

I had been to hear the opera and went home about twelve o'clock and began this picture. I worked for forty-eight hours without sleep or food, and the picture was the result.

The depth of pigment, however, indicates that he worked further on it. Exhibited in 1891.

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