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First Scene of The Rhinegold

A work made of lithograph in black with scraping on stone on grayish-ivory china paper laid down on thick cream wove paper.
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  • A work made of lithograph in black with scraping on stone on grayish-ivory china paper laid down on thick cream wove paper.

Date:

1876

Artist:

Henri Fantin-Latour
French, 1836-1904

About this artwork

The Rhinegold is the first of four operas that form Richard Wagner’s operatic cycle Ring of the Nibelung. In this interpretation of the opera’s first scene, three Rhine maidens gracefully dive through the water’s currents as they protect their treasure, the gold of the River Rhine. The figure of Alberich, who greedily schemes to steal the Rhine gold, appears ominously in the lower-left corner of the composition.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Henri Fantin-Latour

Title

First Scene of The Rhinegold

Place

France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1876

Medium

Lithograph in black with scraping on stone on grayish-ivory china paper laid down on thick cream wove paper

Dimensions

Image: 51.2 × 33.5 cm (20 3/16 × 13 1/4 in.); Primary support: 51.2 × 33.5 cm (20 3/16 × 13 1/4 in.); Secondary support: 69.7 × 49.8 cm (27 1/2 × 19 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

The Charles Deering Collection

Reference Number

1927.2938

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