ANTON ROMAKO, GIRL CROSSING A MOUNTAIN TORRENT, 1880/1882 © Leopold Museum, Vienna/Photo: Manfred Thumberger

Anton Romako, Girl Crossing a Mountain Torrent

1880/82

Girl Crossing a Mountain Torrent serves as a prime example for Anton Romako's genre painting, in which he combines seemingly harmless scenes with existential danger. The artist’s inspiration for this painting stems from a trip to Gastein. The girl balances on a fallen tree trunk, surrounded by steep rocks and roaring waters. The depiction of the girl, rendered in great detail, stands in stark contrast to the diffusely modeled torrent of shimmering green tones. Romako was able to give deeper meaning to an otherwise innocuous scene by means of adding psychologizing accents.

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