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A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.

Date:

c. 1799

Artist:

Carl Wilhelm Kolbe, the elder
German, 1759-1835

About this artwork

Carl Wilhelm Kolbe was a late bloomer, taking art classes at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin in his 30s. Unusually, this self-taught etcher did not produce any paintings. Instead he focused on his many idiosyncratic prints of lushly detailed landscapes with mythological overtones. This large sheet includes his signature majestic oak trees and patches of aggressively overgrown foliage, a herd of cows, and a pair of nude men who may come from a different era than the travelers in the background. Kolbe became a member of the Berlin Academy in 1795, and published several print portfolios brimming with idyllic imagery.

Status

On View, Gallery 221

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Carl Wilhelm Kolbe, the elder

Title

Bathers

Origin

Germany

Date

Printed 1795–1805

Medium

Etching on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

507 × 426 mm (image); 558 × 455 mm (plate); 622 × 519 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Everett D. Graff Fund

Reference Number

1969.389

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