The Woman with the Sparrows


Carl Heinrich Bloch, 1886



Carl Heinrich Bloch, 1886

In the painting of The Woman with the Sparrows the frail old woman leans on a crutch as she feeds the small birds who cluster around her in complete trust. Her weathered hands, sunken mouth, slight smile, and worn clothes reveal Bloch’s tender respect for a poor old soul who shares her meager crumbs of bread. According to art critic Sigurd Müller, Bloch belonged to that small group of people “to whom nothing human was foreign because nothing was unimportant to him. The great as well as the small, the elevated as well as the ridiculous, towards everthing he has an open eye and an open heart; he grasps all of it in sympathetic understanding.” (Excerpt taken from The Master’s Hand: The Art of Carl Heinrich Bloch)

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Canvas, Paper


10" x 6.6", 14" x 9.2", 21" x 13.8", 30" x 19.8", 36" x 23.7"


Black, Champagne, Espresso, Natural, Print Only


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