Hypnotic Séance
  • TitleHypnotic Séance
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 153 x 195 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 199 x 244 x 17 cm
  • DatingSigned 1887
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Richard Bergh, Swedish, born 1858, dead 1919
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 1851
  • AcquisitionGift 1915 Friends of Art through Richard Bergh
  • Description
    Images and media

    During the 19th century, naturalism emerged in literature. Authors like Emile Zola and August Strindberg depicted the everyday lives of ordinary people in a deep psychological way. The visual artists followed, and Richard Bergh’s painting shows how people got interested in modern medical science and the different levels of human consciousness. Hypnosis was a way to get in touch with the subconscious.