Luma von Flesch-Brunningen’s “Hexensalbung” [literally, "witch-anointing"] is another painting of a pretty young neophyte witch being anointed so she can fly to the sabbat. The theme of a, thankfully clothed, old witch anointing a, delightfully naked, young witch in front of a fire-place has long history in art. It features in the French postcard sequence I posted last week (see here), but it started with a series of paintings by Frans Francken the Younger and David Teniers the Younger in the seventeenth century. I will be doing a series of posts on these early artists shortly.
Little information is available concerning the artist, beyond the fact that he was born in Brünn/Brno on 31 March 1856 and died in Munich in 1934.