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    Artist Name:

    Adolph Menzel

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    German, 1815 – 1905


    Peasant from Interlaken




    Graphite on wove paper


    7 1/16 x 4 5/8 inches

    Credit Line:

    Purchase with funds from The Buisson Foundation

    Accession Number:


    Currently Not on View
    During a sojourn in Interlaken, Switzerland, Menzel made this drawing of an unknown peasant. He often chose his models from anonymous, ordinary people and was reputed to have selected sitters from a line that gathered outside his studio. This particular drawing demonstrates Menzel’s unique use of charcoal: he is credited for revolutionizing the technique of stumping, or the blending of charcoal, to create an astonishing variety of lines and textures.

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