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.
- Carl Wilhelm Kolbe, the elder
- Printed 1795–1805
- Etching on ivory laid paper
- 507 × 426 mm (image); 558 × 455 mm (plate); 622 × 519 mm (sheet)
- Everett D. Graff Fund