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
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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