Study of a Woman

Adolph Menzel German

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This study of a figure from everyday life is characteristic of Menzel’s later work. Perhaps a servant in the Menzel household, the sitter was one of the artist’s favorites— he made several sketches of her and used one as the model for the etching Silent Participation. Typical ofhis late figure studies, the composition is asymmetrical, contemplative in mood, and demonstrates a masterful description of naturalistic detail.

Study of a Woman, Adolph Menzel (German, Breslau 1815–1905 Berlin), carpenter's pencil (?) with stumping on paper

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