Models in Repose (1876). Edouard Frédéric Wilhelm Richter (German, 1844-1913). Oil on canvas.
The subject is clearly a playful commentary on the life of models and a certain ennui that is a normal part of the occupation. The rigid formality of Richter’s earlier portraiture gives way to a more complex, sophisticated multi-layered composition whereby the artist focus the viewer’s attention not solely on the models but on the studio filled with assortment of props, ornaments and furniture.