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Object: Gefangenenzug im Walde (Transportration of prisoners in the forest)
Series: Versuche auf Stein mit Pinsel und Schabeisen
Plate 3: Column of armoured horsemen and a cart, loaded with prisoners and booty, travelling through a wood during a storm towards a fortress looming in the background. 1851
Lithograph printed in two colours on chine collé
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Height: 243 millimetres
Width: 178 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Plate 3 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 an 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.
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.
Franz Kugler suggested the following interpretation of the subject matter of this print: "A mob of robber baron who have taken possession of the cart and goods of poor merchants, as well as the people themselves."
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