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




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.


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Carl Blechen


Church and Graveyard in the Snow by Moonlight


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Lithograph, with gray tone block on cream wove paper


Image: 41.4 × 35.9 cm (16 5/16 × 14 3/16 in.); Plate: 43.4 × 37.8 cm (17 1/8 × 14 15/16 in.); Sheet: 55.9 × 45 cm (22 1/16 × 17 3/4 in.)

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

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