Nationality & Life Dates:
German, 1815 – 1905
Peasant from Interlaken
Graphite on wove paper
7 1/16 x 4 5/8 inches
Purchase with funds from The Buisson Foundation
On View - Wieland Pavilion, Lower Level, Gallery 101, Works on Paper Gallery and Study Room
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.