Carl Heinrich Bloch, 1877
Bloch’s inclusion of an array of believers who have gathered to hear Jesus’ words allows us to view this religious even through a contemporary lens. The humble and poor look on in adoration; some clasp their hands in hope. Their daily tasks are forgotten as they lay aside their baskets, water jugs, and staffs. Some look interested but skeptical. The bearded man behind the figure of Christ who appears to consider and reflect on His words may well be a self-portrait of Bloch. The young girl in the gold robe and mantle carefully attempts to capture the butterfly that has landed on the woman’s white veil.
(Excerpt taken from “The Master’s Hand: the Art of Carl Heinrich Bloch”)