Oil on fabric
Unframed: 47 x 33.5 cm (18 1/2 x 13 3/16 in.)
Gift of the Frances W. Ingalls Trust 1996.274
Before becoming an artist, Ture Nikolaus Cederström was a cavalry officer.
Monastic life was a popular subject among painters working in Munich, where Ture Nikolaus Cederström spent much of his career. The monk seen here is immersed in thought, looking pensively through a window and using his finger to hold his place in a book. Such paintings were popular for the access they provided to private life within monasteries, which were closed to the public. The monk’s casual pose and absorption in the view provide an approachable vision of religion, showing the figure’s longing for the outside world.
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