The Artist's Sitting Room in Ritterstrasse

Adolph Menzel German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 807

This intimate, evocative interior view belongs to a group of five paintings in which Menzel studied the effects of light in simply furnished spaces he occupied in Berlin between 1845 and 1851. They are entirely characteristic of his unwavering eye for quotidian detail, yet the artist considered such works experiments and he never exhibited them. Instead, his fame rested on historicizing costume pieces and trenchant scenes of contemporary life in the German capital.

The Artist's Sitting Room in Ritterstrasse, Adolph Menzel (German, Breslau 1815–1905 Berlin), Oil on cardboard

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