Skizzenbuch, Friedrich Metz
Friedrich Metz
Skizzenbuch
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Friedrich Metz

Skizzenbuch, September 1848


Buchblock mit Einband
174 x 114 x 10 mm
Buchblock ohne Einband
169 x 104 x 5 mm
Einleger 2
104 x 150 mm
Physical Description
Pencil on wove paper, in paperback, covered with light green coated wove paper, with pen loops made of brown cloth with herringboned embossing, book edges were probably fully painted yellow originally Inlay 2: pencil and pen and ink on one sheet of wove paper folded in the middle
Inventory Number
SG 2821
Object Number
SG 2821 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

The portrait sketchbook documents the second half of a several week long journey which the 28-year-old Friedrich Metz undertook in autumn 1848. After wandering through Saxony and Bavaria, he reached the Wetterstein Mountains near Austria in September (for the first stages of this journey see Inv. SG 2753, Städel Museum). There he made the first landscape sketch in this book (sheet 1 verso), before he continued his journey on the Tyrolean side of the Wetterstein mountains: he probably went from Seefeld to Innsbruck, from there to South Tyrol and Trento, with stops in Brixen in the Eisack valley, in Castelrotto and Siusi in the Sciliar region, and in Bolzano. He captured the valley and mountain landscapes seen on this route – the river plains of Eisack and Talfer as well as the mountains of the Dolomites and the Sarntal Alps – mainly in landscape format, whereby he was just as interested in completely untouched landscapes as in those with villages, farms, monasteries or castles. The book’s second half contains some landscape and architectural views of Trento and its surroundings.

In this sketchbook, Metz quickly sketched numerous views of the landscape and the city, and he occasionally also made close-up studies of trees. Above all, however, one motif returns in variations: the shepherd lying on the ground in the open air, presumably sleeping, usually with his flock. As can be observed in many of his later sketchbooks, Metz opened the pages rather randomly – as the changing dates reveal – to put his impressions down on paper, presumably while still standing.

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 paperback, covered with light green coated wove paper, with pen loops made of brown cloth with herringboned embossing, book edges were probably fully painted yellow originally Inlay 2: pencil and pen and ink on one sheet of wove paper folded in the middle
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert im vorderen Spiegel (mit Bleistift): Skizzenbuch von Friedrich Metz / gezeichnet im Herbst 1848.; verschiedene Notizen und Bezeichnungen des Künstlers im Buch
Captions Added Later
Auf dem vorderen Spiegel mittig Stempel der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2371c), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden Einleger 2: Fratelli Corti [in Kapitälchen]

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