Samson Blinded (1912) by Lovis Corinth

Samson Blinded - Lovis Corinth - 1912

Artwork Information

TitleSamson Blinded
ArtistLovis Corinth
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions50 11/16 x 41 in. (130 x 105 cm)
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationAlte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany

About Samson Blinded

The artwork “Samson Blinded” was created by the artist Lovis Corinth in 1912. This oil on canvas is a notable work within the Expressionism movement and is categorized as a religious painting. It measures 50 11/16 x 41 inches (130 x 105 cm) and resides at the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin, Germany.

The artwork portrays a powerful depiction of the biblical figure Samson in a state of suffering and defeat, emphasizing the moment after he has been blinded. Corinth captures the torment and resilience of Samson through expressive brushwork and a vivid color palette. The use of stark contrasts and heavy, almost sculptural paint application enhances the emotional impact of the scene.

Samson is shown with bandaged eyes, indicating his blindness. His body is rendered with intense yellow tones, set against a dark backdrop, and his flesh is marked with streaks and spots, suggesting blood and bruising. His physical strength is still apparent in his muscular form, yet his pose and the chains that bind his wrists exude a sense of desperation and vulnerability.

The artist’s expressive style conveys a sense of immediacy and raw emotion, characteristic of the Expressionist movement, inviting viewers to engage with the psychological and spiritual anguish of the figure. The artwork’s religious theme is intertwined with a human drama that transcends time, making it a poignant and impactful piece within Corinth’s oeuvre and the broader canon of Expressionist art.

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