About this artwork
In addition to being an accomplished draughtsman, Bresdin was a proficient printmaker. In its intense detail, and with its clear tonal contrasts, this linear drawing recalls his etchings. Unlike many of his works, however, it bears a date and signature. A friend of writers and poets, Bresdin worked frequently as an illustrator. Although it does not seem that this work was destined for a particular project, much of his imagery borders on the fantastic. The buildings on the shoreline seem to lean with the mast of the larger ship. Above a spire, meanwhile, a flock of birds peppers the sky.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Rodolphe Bresdin
- Washed Up Ships
- France (Artist's nationality:)
- Pen and black ink on brown wove card
- Signed and dated lower left, in image, in pen and black ink: "rodolphe / Bresdin / 1864"
- Primary support: 17.1 × 11.1 cm (6 3/4 × 4 3/8 in.); Secondary support: 31.9 × 23.8 cm (12 9/16 × 9 3/8 in.)
- Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection