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26th March 2024

The model in A Mountain Climber (1912, SMK, Copenhagen) by Jens Ferdinand Willumsen (1863-1958) is the artist's second wife, Edith Wessel (1875-1966). Although there are many complex readings of his work, and of this large painting in particular, as "a depiction of the “new”, and in the Nietzschean sense, ”great human being” in nature", it is also a striking portrait of a modern woman outdoors, conquering mountains in the early twentieth century. 

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