This drawing, complete with the artist’s notations in the margins as to the color and material of the sitter’s costume, is a fine example of Menzel’s late interest in the quotidian. Probably made during the artist’s 1891 trip to Fulda and Weimar, when he would have passed through Magdeburg, a city in central Germany on the Elbe River, this sheet uses stumping and exhibits stark contrasts between light and dark—techniques that are typical of the artist’s work of this period.
Signature: Initiatled and dated (lower center): A.M. / 91
Inscription: Inscribed (lower left): Magdeburgisch/ "Goldine Aue. [or Anc.?]" Color and fabric notations inscribed (upper right): Schwarze/Seide; and (upper left): schwarz
Max Liebermann; Otto Hermann Claass(?); Robert Lehman (acquired from Schaeffer Galleries, New York, February 1958)