Genre & Material
Where can I find this in Berlin?
The observer stands so to speak alongside the painter, looking down at a slightly hilly field before the gates to Berlin. Its silhouette can be recognized in the mist of the horizon. The train tracks in the shape of a backwards “c” are swerving through an ideal, brown-beige landscape. It passes a little house that is hardly perceptible beneath a big oak tree and two poplar trees. There is a steam locomotive at the front and some wagons following. The train isn’t displayed largely. One has to look very carefully to see the locomotive under the steam and the wagons behind that. The train tracks intersect the middle ground of the picture to create a pathway. The cut between the train tracks and the landscape evokes a scar. The steam that the young train emits, on a track that opened in 1838, finds its counterpart in the grey of the sky. It seems as if Menzel wants to show the changes for which new technology is responsible.
ART@Berlin: Adolph Menzel – Railway between Berlin and Potsdam