Three Women In Church

Living in remote Bavarian villages for a lot his life, Wilhelm Leibl has created a portfolio of intriguing and observant portraiture. Living in the 19th century Leibl's pieces convey a sense of scene and narrative. Through attention to detail and realistic representation of his figures, Leibl captured his subjects in their own worlds. Always removed and separated from the scene, the viewer is observing the subjects. In "Three Women in Church" it feels as if there is no connection between the women and painting. There is almost the sense that it is a coincidence that they are there. They are preoccupied with the ritual of church; they are not there for the portrait. The piece's uniqueness comes from this separation. The viewer feels entirely present in the moment, but not involved. 

-RS

Three Women in Church, Wilhelm Leibl, 1881, 44 x 30 in, oil on wood

Three Women in Church, Wilhelm Leibl, 1881, 44 x 30 in, oil on wood