The knight’s dream | Richard Mauch | 1902
On the contrary of Raphael, where a knight has to make a choice between pleasure and duty; in the painting of Richard Mauch, there is no doubt of the decision he makes.
In this canvas, Mauch portraits a knight surrounded by naked nymphs. One of them expects him with her arm open showing her read cloak that, with the same color as the knight’s, represents passion, impulses and emotionality.
Despite his soft and almost impressionist brushstrokes, the work of the Austrian modernist caused much controversy in his time, and he was known for being excessively erotic and immoral.