Skizzenbuch, Friedrich Metz
Friedrich Metz
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Friedrich Metz

Skizzenbuch, September 1881 – October 1881

Buchblock mit Einband
162 x 103 x 10 mm
Buchblock ohne Einband
162 x 103 x 7 mm
Physical Description
Pencil and charcoal on wove paper, in paperback, boards covered with stone-marbled paper, front cover with blank label
Inventory Number
SG 2768
Object Number
SG 2768 Z
Acquired in 1942
Not on display


About the Work

In his sketchbook, probably used among other occasions during a trip to Greece in September and October 1881, Friedrich Metz mainly made sketches of rocks and mountains. There are also drawings of trees and buildings in barren landscapes; only a few pages were left blank or torn out.

The journey to Greece took Frederick Metz – according to the scattered notes on locations – to Salamis, Piraeus, Munychia, Corinth, Mycenae and Argos. Along the way, the artist drew close-ups of boulders and rocks, views of stony and rugged terrain, scree slopes and hills broken up by cave entrances, as well as distant views of mountain ranges and landscapes. For his drawings, mostly outlined with rapid strokes and usually in landscape format, as well as for his sketches sometimes comprising several strokes, he mainly used a pencil, but he occasionally combined it with charcoal or even made a few charcoal drawings. The dates, which are often below the drawings and usually have no chronological order, and the rotation into landscape format, sometimes 90 degrees to the left, sometimes to the right, indicate that Metz occasionally drew in the book several times a day on randomly opened pages. He seems to have been less concerned with the capturing of precise details than with characteristic features, some of which he sketched roughly and most likely while standing.

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

Work Data

Basic Information

Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Pencil and charcoal on wove paper, in paperback, boards covered with stone-marbled paper, front cover with blank label
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Verschiedene Notizen und Bezeichnungen des Künstlers im Buch
Datiert auf dem vorderen Spiegel von fremder Hand (mit Bleistift): 1881
Captions Added Later
Auf dem vorderen Spiegel mittig Stempel der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2371c), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1942

Research and Discussion


Description / Content
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