In a Railway Carriage (After a Night's Journey)

A work made of gouache, with touches of pastel and oil paint, on cream wove paper, laid down on japanese paper.
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  • A work made of gouache, with touches of pastel and oil paint, on cream wove paper, laid down on japanese paper.

Date:

1851

Artist:

Adolph Menzel
German, 1815–1905

About this artwork

This is a remarkable example of an early work from a pioneering proponent of Realism. Menzel revealed the unglamorous aspect of bourgeois train travel in many compelling details: a man asleep in a contorted position, a wistful woman gazing out at early morning light, the detritus of their journey around them. Menzel began to use opaque watercolor (gouache) in 1850, combining it with pastel (and oil) as seen here.

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Artist

Adolph Friedrich Erdmann von Menzel

Title

In a Railway Carriage (After a Night's Journey)

Origin

Germany

Date

1851

Medium

Gouache, with touches of pastel and oil paint, on cream wove paper, laid down on Japanese paper

Dimensions

273 × 330 mm

Credit Line

Regenstein Acquisition Fund

Reference Number

2012.554

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