Wounded Amazon, 1903
Franz von Stuck (1863-1928)
On the battle field an Amazon has been wounded in the breast. Her fellow warriors continue to fight the centaurs, mythological creatures who are half-man, half-horse. The well-formed body of the woman contrasts sharply with the two-dimensional figures behind her who seem to have been taken from a Greek temple relief.
Franz von Stuck achieved a dramatic effect in his painting by restricting himself to a sober use of light and dark against a flaming red. The motif of an Amazon gave him an opportunity to paint a sensual female nude.