Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 83

preparatory study for it. From these reproductions it can be seen that the life study in the Loeb collection
was executed that same summer of

, with the same model in the same pose as that referred to above.
But who painted it? Two of the four pupils can be excluded. After the exhibition in Den Hirsch-
sprungske Samling, several other hitherto generally unknown life studies were discovered. These included
two
fi
nished versions of
Young Girl Undressing
: one the above-mentioned model by Julius Exner
and the
other by Geskel Saloman (Fig. B)
, both painted in

.
This means that three of the
fi
ve works from the summer course in

can now be identi
fi
ed as having
been painted by Professor Eckersberg (Fig. A), and his students Julius Exner and Geskel Saloman (Fig. B).
Unless other pupils participated in Eckersberg’s summer course in

, or unless some of them pro-
duced more than one submission relating to the assignment—something that cannot be entirely excluded—
we can conclude that the last two life studies were painted by Caroline Behrens and Joel Ballin respectively.
A close examination of the
fi
ve versions of
Young Girl Undressing
shows various di
ff
erences. Apart from
the fact that the model is seen from di
ff
erent angles depending on where the artist was standing while paint-
ing, we observe that there is also variation in the furniture and the wallpaper in the background.
The wallpaper and the red upholstered chair beside the model appear to be identical in the Exner, the
Saloman and the work in the Loeb collection. In contrast to his pupils, Eckersberg has painted a slightly
[

FIG. A
C.W. Eckersberg
Study of a Model, Young Girl Undressing,

Oil on canvas,
½
x
⁹⁄₁₀
in. (

.
x

.
cm), private owner
FIG. B
Geskel Saloman
Study of a Model, Young Girl Undressing,

Oil on canvas,
¾
x
⅓
in. (

x

.
cm), private owner
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