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Das Blindekuhspiel by Johann Georg Meyer von Bremen
Das Blindekuhspiel by Johann Georg Meyer von Bremen

Das Blindekuhspiel

Das Blindekuhspiel c1868 by German Painter Johann Georg Meyer von Bremen (1813 – 1886); who specialized in creating Biblical art scenes as well as genre peasant and family scenes.

This is a wonderful genre scene of peasant children playing the Blindman’s Buff Game; which is played by blind folding one of the players, in this case the boy; while the other players, which are the girls spin him around to disorient him and call out to him, while he pursues their voices as they go about avoiding him.

Here we see that the boy that is holding a branch in his right hand, has lifted up the blind that was placed on his head and over his eyes, and is looking at the four girls that range in age from about five years of age to about fourteen, hiding behind a fountain with large bushes around the back of it and a trough that has water pouring out of it with grey and brown jugs situated around it, as the girls glance over to the approaching boy.

In the background of the scene we can see homes above the slope of the terrain and two people speaking by an entrance and many large trees behind the home.

While the background is composed mainly of clouded skies, mountain ranges in the distance, with a river flowing through the land masses and a church steeple in the valley below.

This is a remastered digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available as a canvas print online.

Information Below Derived From Wikipedia.org

Johann Meyer began his artistic studies in 1834 at the age of 21, when he went to Düsseldorf and entered the Academy of Art, which was run by German Romantic Painter Friedrich Wilhelm Schadow (1789 – 1862), who was the son of German-Prussian sculptor Johann Gottfried Schadow (1764 – 1850).

Seven years later in 1841 Meyer his own studio in Düsseldorf, but later moved to Berlin in 1853 as his popularity and famed increased.

Though Meyer’s early interest was in creating scenes from the Bible; later on in his career he turned his attention to creating genre scenes of every day life , with a focus on Hessian peasantry, and then on the portrayal of the pathetic aspect of family life.

Such pictures as ‘The Jubilee of a Hessian Pastor’ c1843, ‘Christmas Eve,’ ‘Blindman’s Buff,’ ‘The Soldier’s Return,’ ‘The Inundation’ c1846, ‘The Repentant Daughter’ c1852, are full of intense sympathy with the “simple annals of the poor.”

He also painted other scene that took inspiration from childhood life, which included ‘The Little Flower Girl c1853’, ‘The Fairy Tale,’ ‘Children Playing Blindman’s Buff,’ ‘Grandfather and Grandchild,’ and others.

While later in his career also did paintings of yougn women, either in single or group poses; and these included ‘The Tryst’, ‘The Love Letter’ and ‘The Letter’ c1873.

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