The old man before the log bridge (Der Alte vor den Knuppelsteg)

The old man before the log bridge (Der Alte vor den Knuppelsteg)

1819

Johann Christoph Erhard

(German, 1795-1822)

Etching

Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Prasse Collection 1969.243

Catalogue raisonné: Apell 92

State: II/III

Location

Description

This print comes from a series of four etchings known as the "Salzburg landscapes with large figures." Rather like Olivier (also in this gallery), Erhard used the setting of the figures in the landscape to hint at wider concerns. This composition of an elderly man approaching a bridge may be read as a metaphor for the crossing of the boundary between life and death. In Erhard’s oeuvre, the beauty of the landscape gives no assurance of a carefree way of life. His pessimistic outlook can be linked to his mental collapse and suicide in 1822.

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Collection: 
PR - Etching
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Etching

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