Adolph MENZEL (Breslau 1815 - Berlin 1905)
A Woman with a Hat, in Profile to the Right Sold
Carpenter’s pencil, with stumping.
Signed Ad. Menzel at the lower right.
209 x 132 mm. (8 x 5 1/4 in.)
As the scholar Marie Ursula Riemann-Reyher has noted, ‘[Adolph Menzel’s] favoured medium for drawing…remained the graphite pencil. Unlike many artists of his time, Menzel did not view the pencil as a mere tool for sketching. Rather, throughout his career the variations and nuances he was able to call forth in this medium created effects that had never previously been seen in graphite drawings…it was in this medium that he would leave his most important legacy.’
In this superbly drawn sheet, Menzel depicts an elegant bourgeois woman gazing intently to the right with an intense expression, suggestive of a conversation with an unseen person.
A related but somewhat sketchier pencil drawing of the same young woman, of similar dimensions to the present sheet and showing her full length, was formerly in the Franz Koenigs collection and is now in the Pushkin Museum in Moscow.
Private collection, Badem-Württemberg
Anonymous sale, Berlin, Villa Grisebach, 30 November 2007, lot 3