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Self-Portrait with Knapsack, Munich
Wilhelm Bendz Danish
Not on view
In this highly detailed pencil drawing, made while the artist was traveling in Munich, Bendz shows himself in a dynamic pose: on the move sporting a backpack and umbrella. Travel was a serious matter for Bendz, whose impulse was to take stock before embarking on what he saw, presciently, as a treacherous journey. The following year the artist contracted typhoid fever in Vicenza, Italy. As he lay dying, he begged his traveling companion, Ditlev Blunck, to draw his portrait for his beloved, seeing a lifelike rendering of his face as an important means of keeping his memory alive.