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Teasing

Artist
Franz von Stuck, German, 1863–1928
Date
1889
Material
Oil on canvas
Made in
Germany, Europe
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
Not on view
Dimensions
19 1/2 × 18 1/2 in. (49.5 × 47 cm)
framed: 28 3/8 × 27 9/16 × 3 1/8 in. (72 × 70 × 8 cm)
Credit Line
Friends Fund Endowment; and Gift of Frances H. Thomson in memory of her husband, John Edwin Thomson, Bequest of Ruth Sudholt Wunderlich, Museum Purchase, Bequest of Mrs. Sophia M. Wolf, Gift of Mr. Louis Werner, Gift of Mrs. Elizabeth Overton Busch and Mrs. Thomas Curtis Adams in memory of their mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pope O'Fallon, Gift of J. Lionberger Davis, Gift of Nellie Ballard White, Gift of Miss Ella M. Boedeker, Bequest of Eleanor Lacey, all by exchange
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
484:2018
NOTES
In Teasing, the thick trunk of a tree conceals a smiling female figure from the faun who playfully pursues her. Franz von Stuck often depicted the mischievous antics of fauns, mythological creatures that were part goat, part human. Here Stuck created the shaded forest landscape surrounding this tryst with small dabs of paint in contrasting colors, exhibiting an engagement with the painting techniques of pointillism. Stuck worked in illustration, decorative art, and sculpture but is best known for his allegorical and mythological paintings suffused with drama, sensuality, and humor.
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