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Church and Graveyard in the Snow by Moonlight

A work made of lithograph, with gray tone block on cream wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of lithograph, with gray tone block on cream wove paper.

Date:

1827

Artist:

Carl Blechen
German, 1798-1840

About this artwork

Blechen’s melancholy, monumental lithograph makes eloquent use of a gray tint block to evoke a snowy landscape and a sense of stillness. A lone man, cloak fluttering in the wind, has appeared surreptitiously at night to pay his respects to the dead. Perhaps in this moment he encounters his secret lover’s final resting place. Momentarily overcome with grief, he steadies himself on the plinth beneath a sculpture of the Madonna and Child.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Carl Blechen

Title

Church and Graveyard in the Snow by Moonlight

Origin

Germany

Date

1827

Medium

Lithograph, with gray tone block on cream wove paper

Dimensions

414 × 359 mm (image); 434 × 378 mm (plate); 559 × 450 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Suzanne Lord Folds, Harold Joachim, William McCallin McKee, John H. Wrenn Memorial and Prints and Drawings Purchase endowments

Reference Number

1997.656

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