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Object: Reifenspiel auf der Schlossterrasse
Series: Versuche auf Stein mit Pinsel und Schabeisen
Plate 2: Three women and a man playing Reifenspiel, a game of hoops and sticks, on the terrace of a Rococo palace with another man, in the background, looking on. 1851
Lithograph printed in two colours on chine collé
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Height: 237 millimetres
Width: 180 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Plate 2 of the series 'Versuche auf Stein mit Pinsel und Schabeisen' (Experiments on stone with brush and scraper), in which Menzel reached the summit of his achievement as a lithographer. Menzel drew directly on the stone with a brush, in ink and chalk. He first covered the grainy surface of the stone with a thin wash of lithographic ink and then scratched out forms and light areas with a scraper. Similar effects were achieved in engraving with the aid of a burnishing tool. In order to achieve a more tonal effect, two colours, black and a warm brown were printed.
For a more detailed description of Menzel's sophisticated technique, see Kappstein: 'Der Künstlerische Steindruck', Berlin, 1910 and a letter from the artist to C. H. Arnold from 4 June 1852, which was published in Tschudi: 'Aus Menzels jungen Jahren'.
This impression of the print is superior to the later one, published by the Rocca brothers, of which there is a copy in the collection (see 1928-5-16-6).
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