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By Geyling, Rudolf (Austrian, 1838-1904)
This charming antique oil painting captures a moment of high spirited classroom fun, as the girls play mischievously in the absence of their teacher.
This fine Austrian genre painting by Rudolf Geyling depicts the interior of a classroom. The scene is busy: young girls, in the evident absence of their teacher, enjoy moments of freedom, and engage in a host of playful activities. One girl plays a T-square as if it were a violin; another pair dances; one wipes from a blackboard an unflattering portrait of their teacher; another picks up cards; one young girl, ears cupped with her hands, attempts to study amidst the chaos. The moment of fun is about to end, though: at the door, a girl raises her hands in shock, alerting her classmates to the return of their teacher.
The painterly manner is exceptionally fine, with the many figures given a wide range of expressions and postures, and the walls of the classroom adorned with a variety of school props. The colour palette is bright and vibrant, with raking light from an unseen window giving each figure a sculptural quality.
The painting, contained within a carved giltwood frame, is signed ‘R. Geyling’ lower left.
Frame: Height 94cm, width 126cm, depth 8cm
Canvas: Height 75cm, width 101cm, depth 2cm
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