Anonymous 19th century French painter
A couple visiting a grotto
Oil on canvas : 75,8 X 97,4 cm
Frame : 92,1 X 115,1 cm
Cavern interiors are not a very rare theme in European painting, but grottoes holding stalactites and stalagmites definitely are. Probably the oldest painting showing them dates from 1773, but it represents an artificial cavern. Between the 16th and the late 19th century many fake, man-made grottoes have been incorporated in gardens and parks. Our strange painting shows therefore a very rare motif.
The setting is absolutely magical. The fairylike light illuminates the strange forms of the stalactites and the stalagmites.
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