Montag, 8. Dezember 2014

Happy birthday, Adolph Menzel!

Today 199 years ago Adolph Menzel was born in Breslau.

This selfportrait (published on from 1899 showcases brilliantly the painterly drawing style of his late period: he used a broad and soft leaded carpenter's pencil and a stump to smudge the pencil(as you can especially see in the shadows).
This portrait is very interesting since hence he portrayed himself while he suffered from toothache. You can see the pain in his face and how hard it must have been to stay focussed while enduring the pain...
One can say that he truly stuck to his mottoes "All drawing is useful and drawing everything as well" ("alles Zeichnen ist nützlich, und Alles zeichnen auch.") and "nulla dies sine linea!" ("no day without a drawn line")

Menzel's grave is sited on the Dreifaltigkeitsfriedhof in Berlin Kreuzberg.
A beautiful and large graveyard at Bergmannstraße.

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