Vegetable Sheet

A work made of etching on cream wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on cream wove paper.

Date:

1800/28

Artist:

Carl Wilhelm Kolbe, the elder
German, 1757/59-1835

About this artwork

Carl Wilhelm Kolbe’s most famous prints may be his loose series of painstakingly detailed studies of foliage, which he called Kräuterblätter. The series title can be translated as Vegetable Sheets or, in a humorous double entendre, Vegetable Leaves, based on the fact that the prints (on leaves, or sheets of paper) themselves show a variety of gigantic leafy plants. This particular etching is one of the smallest in the series. Although this sheet’s plants flourish alone, Kolbe often created a convincing sense of the swampy growths’ primeval grandeur by placing tiny humans nearby, or by submerging large cows into their verdant depths.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Carl Wilhelm Kolbe, the elder

Title

Vegetable Sheet

Origin

Germany

Date

1800–1828

Medium

Etching on cream wove paper

Dimensions

176 x 244 mm (image); 193 x 261 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2013.398

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