Landscape with cattle in Weißbach on the Rhön

Carl Wagner German

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Rapid strokes of pen and brush capture swaying trees and rustling leaves. Touches of yellow suggest the movement of golden light—perhaps that of the late afternoon sun. The cows in the distance inject a slightly disorienting sense of scale that suggests some warping of space or simply reflects the artist’s attempt to keep up with the frolicking creatures. Wagner frequently went into the woodlands of Germany to draw from direct observation, inscribing many of his sheets, as here, with the precise date and place of execution.

Landscape with cattle in Weißbach on the Rhön, Carl Wagner (German, Rossdorf 1796–1867 Meiningen), Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, with touches of yellow wash

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