Falls of the Rhine at Schaffhausen (Rheinfall von Schaffhausen)

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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.
Falls of the Rhine at Schaffhausen (Rheinfall von Schaffhausen)

Falls of the Rhine at Schaffhausen (Rheinfall von Schaffhausen)


Adolph von Menzel

(German, 1815–1905)
Germany, 19th century

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