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Adolph Menzel – Flute concert in Sanssouci

Artist

Adolph Friedrich Erdmann von Menzel was born on December 8, 1815 in Breslau. He died on February 9, 1905 in Berlin. He was gentled in 1898. Von Menzel counts as the most significant realists of the 19th Century. He was a painter, sketch artist and illustrator and was already very popular during his lifetime. One appreciates him especially because of his historical portrayals, notably the life of Friedrich the Great. Also his works of art from the then modern time were impressive. He conveyed the life in Prussia by using the diversity of his work.

Artwork

Flute concert in Sanssouci of Friedrich the Great was created 1850 – 1852. It measures 205 x 142 cm (width x height).

Brief description

Music is being played. The king himself is playing the flute. He is standing in the centre of the picture. To the right his chamber ensemble and to the left an audience of dignitaries and noble ladies. The focus of the painting is not on the instruments but rather the atmosphere of the musicians and the listening ones. The precious dresses and furniture, the interior design, the chandelier and the candle light is what Menzel wants to show us. The king is optically separated from the other musicians therefore he is positioned uniquely. The music stand is so high, that eye contact with the other musicians is practically impossible. Centre: Friedrich the Great; rightmost: Johann Joachim Quantz, the king’s flute teacher; left of him with a violin and a dark skirt: Franz Benda; In the foreground at the very left: Gustav Adolf von Gotter; Behind him: Jakob Friedrich Freiherr von Bielfeld; Behind him, looking towards the ceiling: Pierre-Louis Moreau de Maupertuis; In the background, sitiing on the pink couch: Wilhelmine von Bayreuth; On her right: Amalie von Preußen with a court lady; Behind them: Carl Heinrich Graun; Old lady behind the music stand: Countess Camas; Behind her: Egmont von Chasot; Cembalo player: Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach.

Genre & Material

Painting of realism. Painted with oil on a canvas.

Where can I find this in Berlin?

In the Alten Nationalgalerie on the Museuminsel, Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin-Mitte. To find out how to get there, please click the link below the description

Adolph Menzel grants us a detailed insight of a cultural evening at the court of Friedrich the Great in the palace Sanssouci. Music is being played. The king himself is playing the flute. He is standing in the centre of the picture. To the right his chamber ensemble and to the left an audience of dignitaries and noble ladies. The focus of the painting is not on the instruments but rather the atmosphere of the musicians and the listening ones. The precious dresses and furniture, the interior design, the chandelier and the candle light is what Menzel wants to show us. The king is optically separated from the other musicians therefore he is positioned uniquely. The music stand is so high, that eye contact with the other musicians is practically impossible.

Centre: Friedrich the Great; rightmost: Johann Joachim Quantz, the king’s flute teacher; left of him with a violin and a dark skirt: Franz Benda; In the foreground at the very left: Gustav Adolf von Gotter; Behind him: Jakob Friedrich Freiherr von Bielfeld; Behind him, looking towards the ceiling: Pierre-Louis Moreau de Maupertuis; In the background, sitiing on the pink couch: Wilhelmine von Bayreuth; On her right: Amalie von Preußen with a court lady; Behind them: Carl Heinrich Graun; Old lady behind the music stand: Countess Camas; Behind her: Egmont von Chasot; Cembalo player: Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach.

Hier geht es zu dem Museum in Berlin, in dem Sie dieses Meisterwerk finden

ART@Berlin: Adolph Menzel – Flute concert in Sanssouci

 

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