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View in the Tiergarten, Berlin

Karl Blechen (German, Cottbus 1798–1840 Berlin)
ca. 1825
Oil on paper
9 7/8 x 14 in. (25.1 x 35.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Thaw Collection, Jointly Owned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of Eugene V. Thaw, 2009
Accession Number:
Not on view
Blechen gained an appreciation for the spontaneity of sketching out of doors during a visit to Dresden in 1823, when he met Dahl and perhaps Friedrich. In this view of the largest public park in Berlin, the combination of light, foliage, and water encouraged him to vary his handling of the brush, which is especially lively where the ends of the branches alternate with reflections on the pond's surface.
?[Galerie Ernst Arnold, Dresden, in 1918]; Theodor Schall, Baden-Baden and Berlin (until 1926; his sale, Paul Cassirer and Hugo Helbing, Berlin, October 26, 1926, no. 1, as "Partie aus dem Berliner Tiergarten," for 1,600 marks, probably to Janus); Albert Janus, Essen (probably 1926–?until d. 1949); private collection, southern Germany; sale, Villa Grisebach, Berlin, November 25, 2005, no. 3, as "Im Berliner Tiergarten," for €59,000 ($69,575); [Kunsthandel Katrin Bellinger, Munich]; Eugene V. Thaw, New York (until 2009)
Dresden. Galerie Ernst Arnold. "Deutsche Malerei im 19.Jahrhundert: Sonder-Ausstellung aus Anlass des 100jährigen Bestehens der Firma," September 27–November 10, 1918, no. 11 (as "Weidenbaum am Teich im Berliner Tiergarten").

Gustav Pauli. "Werden und Vergehen des Impressionismus: Eine Erinnerung an die Ausstellung Deutscher Malerei in der Galerie Ernst Arnold zu Dresden." Zeitschrift für Bildende Kunst, n.s., 30 (1919), ill. p. 53.

Paul Ortwin Rave. Karl Blechen: Leben, Würdigungen, Werk. Berlin, 1940, p. 430, no. 1702, as "Im Berliner Tiergarten"; states that this work is possibly identical with one exhibited at the Berlin Academy in 1921.

Esther Bell. "Catalogue Raisonné of the Thaw Collection." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, p. 104, no. 8, ill. (color), calls it "View in the Tiergarten, Berlin" and dates it about 1825.

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