Aleksander Gierymski: In the Arbour

In the Arbour: Aleksander Gierymski

Polish artist Aleksander Gierymski painted In the Arbour in 1882, a scene of cheerful aristocratic leisure. The well-dressed ladies and gentleman at two tables outdoors under the arbour seem carefree as they converse over wine and other beverages.

However, there is a note of instability in the foreground as a wine bottle lies on its side and a young man peers adoringly into a pond of water like a contemporary Narcissus. This perhaps refers to the feckless and self-obsessed nature of the upper class.

Aleksander Gierymski’s In the Arbour is in the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland.

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