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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

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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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