Falls of the Rhine at Schaffhausen (Rheinfall von Schaffhausen)

Falls of the Rhine at Schaffhausen (Rheinfall von Schaffhausen)

1885

Adolph von Menzel

(German, 1815-1905)

Graphite, with stumping (traces of white paint, along left edge, unrelated to composition)

Support: Beige(1) laid paper

Sheet: 12.3 x 19.5 cm (4 13/16 x 7 11/16 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1985.147

Description

Menzel was one of the most celebrated and prolific painters in Germany during the 19th century. A
meticulous draftsman, he executed detailed drawings in preparation for each of his paintings. Thousands of the artist’s notebook studies have survived. Many of them were studies of heads, half-figures, and landscape vignettes to be incorporated into his paintings. This sheet depicting a waterfall and bridge shrouded in mist is an example of one of Menzel’s exquisite graphite studies.

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