Friday, 7 August 2009

Knitting in Art for a Summer Afternoon

Viennese Domestic Garden (1828-30), Erasmus Ritter von Engert (Austrian, 1796-1871)

Oil on canvas, 32 x 25 cm.

Nationalgalerie, Berlin

I love this painting for its light, cool summer garden and, of course, the quasi-invisible knitter tucked away in the lower left corner, working on what looks like a stocking. The overall effect is elegant as is the woman's cap and grey gown. I also like the fact that she is knitting and reading at the same time, something I enjoy doing whenever the knitting is easy enough to just follow with my fingers.


=Tamar said...

From the shape of the sunlit part,
which looks like a heel and sole, she seems to be about to begin the toe decreases.

One More Stitch said...

So she does! The knitting must be second-nature to her as she seems more absorbed in her reading than her hand work.