Skizzenbuch, Friedrich Metz
Friedrich Metz
Skizzenbuch
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Friedrich Metz

Skizzenbuch, March 1876 – April 1876


Buchblock mit Einband
150 x 95 x 14 mm
Buchblock ohne Einband
148 x 85 x 10 mm
Einleger 1
max. 95 x max. 31 mm
Einleger 2
max. 47 x max. 65 mm
Einleger 3
51 x 111 mm
Physical Description
Pencil on wove paper, in dark green cloth book covers, front cover with gold-embossed lettering of ""Notes"", with elastic band and pen loops, endpapers made of yellow wove paper, back endpaper has a folded pouch made of brown cloth Inlay 1: newspaper snipets; inlay 2: pencil on tracing paper; inlay 3: pencil on wove paper
Inventory Number
SG 2765
Object Number
SG 2765 Z
Acquisition
Acquired in 1942
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

In March and April 1876, Friedrich Metz undertook a journey from Egypt to what is now Israel, Syria and Lebanon. He took with him at least two sketchbooks, now in the Städel Museum (see also Inv. SG 2764); in both of which Metz captured similar, sometimes even identical motifs from the same places, sometimes even from the same days, without any recognisable content structure. He thus drew in the randomly selected book and – as the changing dates reveal – on randomly opened pages.

From the drawings as well as the places and dates of creation regularly noted in both books, it can be reconstructed that Metz was in Cairo in mid-March 1876. He left Egypt a few days later via the port city of Port Said and reached Jaffa, that is now a part of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, by sea. Afterwards, he stayed in Ramla, Jerusalem and Jericho, in the Kidron valley, the Judean desert and at the Dead Sea, then travelled across the Jordan plain, Nablus and Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee, later to Hermon. Finally, in April, Metz drew in Damascus, then visited Baalbek, the Lebanon Mountains and Beirut. In May 1876, he interrupted his homeward journey, which he probably started from Beirut, for a stay of several weeks in Italy (see Inv. SG 2824, Städel Museum).

Almost all of the pencil drawings in both portrait-format books are in landscape format and show views of towns and cities from a distance as well as wide views of river, mountain and coastal landscapes. Metz gave a rough outline of what he saw ‒ sometimes more detailed but always with brisk strokes ‒, thus documenting the places he visited, especially the biblical ones in the Holy Land, in drawn “travel snapshots”.

For a full sketchbook description, please see “Research”.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Skizzenbuch
Draughtsman
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Pencil on wove paper, in dark green cloth book covers, front cover with gold-embossed lettering of ""Notes"", with elastic band and pen loops, endpapers made of yellow wove paper, back endpaper has a folded pouch made of brown cloth Inlay 1: newspaper snipets; inlay 2: pencil on tracing paper; inlay 3: pencil on wove paper
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert auf Blatt 1 recto (mit Bleistift): Friedr Metz / gez auf d. Griechischen Reise / im Frühjahr 76; verschiedene Notizen und Bezeichnungen des Künstlers im Buch
Datiert auf dem vorderen Spiegel von fremder Hand (mit Bleistift): 1876
Captions Added Later
Auf dem vorderen Spiegel mittig Stempel der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2371c), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Departement
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1942

Research and Discussion

Research

Description / Content
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Last update

10.04.2024