Feb 17, 2015
Feb 17, 2015

Falls of the Rhine at Schaffhausen (Rheinfall von Schaffhausen)

Falls of the Rhine at Schaffhausen (Rheinfall von Schaffhausen)


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



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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