Friday, September 28, 2018

01 Paintings, Olympian deities, by the Old Masters, with footnotes # 11b

Max Pietschmann, (1865 - 1952)
A Centaur, kidnapping a nymph, fighting with the sea god Triton, c. 1886
Oil on canvas
47,4 x 34,9 cm.
Private collection

A centaur  is a mythological creature with the upper body of a human and the lower body of a horse.

The centaurs were usually said to have been born of Ixion and Nephele (the cloud made in the image of Hera). Another version, however, makes them children of a certain Centaurus, who mated with the Magnesian mares. This Centaurus was either himself the son of Ixion and Nephele (inserting an additional generation) or of Apolloand Stilbe, daughter of the river god Peneus. In the later version of the story his twin brother was Lapithes, ancestor of the Lapiths, thus making the two warring peoples cousins. More Centaur

A nymph in Greek and Latin mythology is a minor female nature deity typically associated with a particular location or landform. Different from other goddesses, nymphs are generally regarded as divine spirits who animate nature, and are usually depicted as beautiful, young nubile maidens who love to dance and sing; their amorous freedom sets them apart from the restricted and chaste wives and daughters of the Greek polis. They are beloved by many and dwell in mountainous regions and forests by lakes and streams. Although they would never die of old age nor illness, and could give birth to fully immortal children if mated to a god, they themselves were not necessarily immortal, and could be beholden to death in various forms. More on nymphs

Triton is a mythological Greek god, the messenger of the sea. He is the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, god and goddess of the sea respectively, and is herald for his father. He is usually represented as a merman, having the upper body of a human and the tail of a fish.

Like his father, Poseidon, he carried a trident. However, Triton's special attribute was a twisted conch shell, on which he blew like a trumpet to calm or raise the waves. Its sound was such a cacophony, that when loudly blown, it put the giants to flight, who imagined it to be the roar of a dark wild beast.

Triton was the father of Pallas and foster parent to the goddess Athena. Triton can sometimes be multiplied into a host of Tritones, daimones of the sea. More on Triton 

Max Ernst Pietschmann (* 28. April 1865 in Dresden , † 1952 in Niederpoyritz ,  Dresden) was a German painter .

Pietschmann completed his studies at the Dresden Art Academy from 1883 to 1889. Pietschmann belonged to the painter colony in Goppeln near Dresden, which specialized in outdoor painting. He spent two years with Hans Unger in Italy, after which he continued his studies at the Académie Julian in Paris , where he mainly dealt with life drawing.  In the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris , he received an award. He then settled again in Dresden, where he joined the first Dresden Secession movement around the turn of the century, the Association of Visual Artists of Dresden. 

Under the pseudonym " Fr. (Francois) Laubnitz"  he painted pictures that were very popular in the first half of the 20th century as mural prints.

Pietschmann died in 1952 in the Niederpoyritz district of Dresden and was buried in the Hosterwitzer cemetery. More on Max Ernst Pietschmann

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