nocturnal scene

Abend im Café Bauer (1898). Lesser Ury (German, 1861-1931).

Ury’s subjects were landscapes, urban landscapes, and interior scenes, treated in an Impressionistic manner that ranged from the subdued tones of figures in a darkened interior to the effects of streetlights at night to the dazzling light of foliage against the summer sky. Ury is especially noted for his paintings of nocturnal cafe scenes and rainy streets.

 The Finding of the Bodies of Pyramus and Thisbe, oil on copper by Leonaert Bramer, Dutch, 1596-1674. Musée du Louvre, Paris, France.

  Bramer was a genre, history, and religious artist given to nocturnal scenes. He is noted for his details of costume and setting.

 Thisbe waits for Pyramus under a mulberry tree where she is chased away by a lioness. As she runs, she leaves her shawl with the bloody animal. Pyramus comes later, determines his love has been killed and stabs himself with his sword. Thisbe returns and kills herself because of the loss of her love.

  The fruit of the mulberry tree was once white but, because of this tragedy, the berries are red to this day.