The Artists on Their Journey

The Artists on Their Journey

1819

Johann Adam Klein

(German, 1792-1875)

Etching on wove paper

Plate: 24.5 x 30.3 cm (9 5/8 x 11 15/16 in.); Sheet: 29.3 x 34 cm (11 9/16 x 13 3/8 in.)

Gift of Margaret and Peter Dobbins in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Print Club of Cleveland 2018.304

Fun Fact

The artists portrayed in this print were friends who walked through the Bavarian Alps together in 1818 in order to sketch the alpine landscapes they encountered.

Description

This image was created to capture the memory of a walking tour by the artist and four friends through the Salzburg-Berchtesgaden region of the Alps in August, 1818. Klein depicted his friends—all artists—with backpacks, easels, and satchels for carrying their artist’s materials. Artists working in the Romantic era placed importance on travel as a path to self-knowledge and creative inspiration.

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