Woman Sleeping


Work by Hungarian painter Sándor Liezen-Mayer (1836-1898). It was painted in 1867 when, despite being only 28 years old, the artist was already a household name in his country, as well as in Germany and Russia. The white skin of the woman on the half-light of the bed, the snuggled sheets and bedcover, and the unveiled earring give a full picture of a calm (and sensual) sleep. In the same year he performed this work, the artist was invited to portray the canonization of Elizabeth of Hungary, a very popular thirteenth-century saint in Hungary. The work is at the National Gallery in Budapest.