This work shows the artist wrestling to define the poses of both the male and female figures in his gouache 'Contribution' of 1885, now in the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin.
Study for 'Contribution' by Adolph Menzel, 1884
© Barber Institute of Fine Arts
- Pencil with stumping on paper
- 22.9 x 15.2 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £13,500 ( Total: £28,332)
- Acquired in:
- Private vendor
This is a sensitive and intricate work and the study of the woman in particular reveals a delicacy and refinement far beyond the usual preparatory study.
Marcus Keppel, Berlin; Henry T Rathenau, 1924; confiscated during World War II; returned to Rathenau's sister Ellen Ettlinger, Oxford; Otto Nauman; Jill Newhouse Drawings and Watercolours, New York, 1995.
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