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Adolf von Menzel


Adolph von Menzel (1815-1905) est un peintre, graveur et illustrateur allemand.

Adolph von Menzel (1815-1905) was a German Realist artist noted for drawings, etchings, and paintings. Along with Caspar David Friedrich, he is considered one of the two most prominent German artists of the 19th century, and was the most successful artist of his era in Germany. First known as Adolph Menzel, he was knighted in 1898 and changed his name to Adolph von Menzel.

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  1. Pas facile pour flirter!!!
    Kisses et bonne nuit.

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  2. Discovered this not long ago and wondered what motivated Menzel to paint it, and what themes (if any) he was portraying. He was a prolific artist in his day and some of his studies show an interest in 15th/16th century plate armour, but "Blindekuh" (1867) is by far the most detailed and, from some angles, almost photographic.

    The painting certainly looks like a game of Blind Man's Buff, and there are some points of interest:

    - the very fine etching detail on the helmet, visor and bevor/lower visor, gorget, breastplate, etc. - all faithfully rendered;
    - the helmet visor is fully locked closed, but the knight is not totally "blind" - his eyes (or his left one anyway) are visible through the visor slits;
    - the lady holds a posy of flowers up to what would be the only breathing vent on the bevor / lower visor's right side (there are no vents on the left side, which is solid metal with etched detail showing the theatrical masks of tragedy and comedy), perhaps to give the knight a scented clue as to who is behind him;
    - the knight wears a full gauntlet on his left hand and you can see a glimpse of the leather glove inside, yet his right hand is bare and holds the sword.

    - who is the pikeman who seems unamused (or bemused?) by the japery in front of him? He seems curiously flat and two-dimensional compared to the knight and lady. Perhaps the pikeman is himself a painting hanging on the wall behind.

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    1. Many thanks for this very interesting comment !!

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