Landscape, Adolph von Menzel
Adolph von Menzel
Landscape
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Adolph von Menzel

Landscape, 1892


Dimensions
38.4 x 23.3 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2263
Acquisition
Acquired in 2009 with means provided by the Werner Wirthle bequest
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art

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About the Work

This is Menzel's last painting, and the subject could hardly be less spectacular. On the edge of an overgrown garden, a small cat with a light patterned coat is balancing on the remains of a wall; a second cat is below it on the ground. Rampant nature has been left to its own devices here - and a tranquil silence envelops the enchanted corner. Menzel was a brilliant observer, for whom even the most insignificant detail could be important and thus become the subject of one of his paintings. For unknown reasons, the artist divided the painting into two soon after its completion; the second half is in the Kunsthalle in Hamburg.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Landscape
Painter
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten links: A. Menzel 92

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 2009 with means provided by the Werner Wirthle bequest

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Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
Adolph von Menzel
verkauft an Georg Eduard Behrens (1881-1956), Hamburg
verkauft durch die Kunsthandlung Probst, Mannheim an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1938
Restitution an die Erbengemeinschaft nach Georg Eduard Behrens und Wiederankauf durch das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main 2009.

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Last update

22.10.2020