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Segantini 19: Le cattive madri – Die bösen Mütter, 1894

Le cattive madri – Die bösen Mütter, 1894: Das Bild zeigt die Erlösung und damit den zweiten Teil des Gedichtes «Nirvana». (120 × 225 cm, Öl auf Leinwand, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Wien)
Il castigo delle lussuriose – Die Strafe der Wollüstigen, 1891: Das Werk veranschaulicht den ersten Teil des Gedichtes «Nirvana» von Luici Illica. (99 × 173 cm, Öl auf Leinwand, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool)
The picture refers to the poem «Nirvana» by Luigi Illica. Segantini painted it at the Lai Tigiel above Alp Tussagn on the opposite side of the valley. He may also have been inspired by the figures in the ceiling painting in the church of Son Martegn.


Giovanni Segantini briefly turned away from the motif of good mothers with the two pictures "The Bad Mothers" and "The Punishment of the Lustful". They address the punishment and atonement of mothers who reject their motherhood. He used a literary model for the two paintings. With these two works, Giovanni definitively placed himself in Symbolism.

Im audio you listen to the poem «Nirvana» on German, which was translated into Italian by Luigi Illica, a good acquaintance of Giovanni Segantini. It served the painter as a model for his paintings "The Evil Mothers" and "The Punishment of the Lustful" created on the alp. The audio file can be found at the back of the pictures. 

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Le cattive madri – Die bösen Mütter, 1894


Segantini 19: Le cattive madri – Die bösen Mütter, 1894

Kirche Son Martegn, Veia Son Martegn, 7460 Savognin

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