A Hunting Nymph, Asleep

Dirck van der Lissec. 1640 - 1650



A half-naked nymph of the hunt is lying asleep in the open countryside after hunting. Her mouth hangs open, rather unattractively. The scene has a slightly erotic feel to it. Since the nymph is sleeping, we can admire her voluptuous curves undisturbed. The two men appearing on the scene seem to hesitate: should they spy on her furtively or retreat discretely?

Van der Lisse, an artist from The Hague, specialised in idyllic landscapes with mythological scenes. His work was extremely popular in court circles.

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  • Title: A Hunting Nymph, Asleep
  • Creator: Lisse, Dirck van der
  • Date Created: c. 1640 - 1650
  • Physical Dimensions: h44 cm x w51.8 cm
  • Provenance: Possibly the estate of the painter; sale Düsseldorf, Pongs, 23-25 March 1939, lot 19, offered for sale by ‘G’; Schwarzenraben Collection (Freiherren van Ketteler-Harkotten), Westphalia, 1939; sale Vienna, Dorotheum, 6 October 1942, lot 75; private collection, Capetown; sale London, Sotheby’s, 3 December 1969, lot 25 (for 1300 pounds to Butôt); F.C. Butôt and heirs, Sankt Gilgen, 1969-1993; gift of Mrs M.A. Stubbé-Butôt from the estate of F.C. Butôt, 1993
  • Type: painting; oil
  • Medium: panel