Terrace of the Capuchin Priory in Sorrent, um 1823/24
Öl auf Leinwand, 41,7 x 54,8 cm
1841 durch König Ludwig I. aus der Sammlung Klenze erworben
Inv. Nr. WAF 819
Terrace of the Capuchin Priory in Sorrent
This small oil painting is based on studies, which Reinhold executed while on a trip to the Gulf of Naples in 1823 and shows a view from the terrace of a capuchin garden that lies directly on the water. The artist has composed the scene - popular among young German painters - skillfully through an intelligent choice of locale. Through the use of a diagonally placed wall in the left lower corner, which runs to the right and is intersected by the terrace and sea, a strong depth effect is established. In the rear of the terrace a few monks have been placed as staffage figures.
The details, which have a realistic, almost factual feeling, stick to the natural features of the landscape. Nevertheless Reinhold is able to infuse his work with a distinct atmosphere owing to the interplay between light and shadow. Through the use of a free, luminously bright, but not glaring, coloration the painting has a serene late-afternoon feeling. The yellow light of the approaching evening breaks through the leaves of the trees, casting long shadows. And a few sail boats are silently gliding on the turquoise-blue waters of the glimmering sea.