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Youth Playing the Pipes of Pan

Bertold Löffler Austrian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 829

This, Löffler’s most important painting, reveals his passion for classicism, from the garlanded youth and draped female attendants to the vase at their feet, depicting Pan, the Greek god of untamed nature. The bold patterns on the women’s cloaks reflect Löffler’s work as a designer for the cutting-edge Austrian artists’ association the Wiener Werkstätte. Eduard Ast, a major patron of the group, acquired this canvas for his villa in Vienna, built by the visionary architect Josef Hoffmann. It hung in the dining room, across the hall from Gustav Klimt’s painting of the mythological heroine Danaë (1907–8; private collection).

Youth Playing the Pipes of Pan, Bertold Löffler (Austrian, Liberec (Bohemia) 1874–1960 Vienna), Oil on canvas

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