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Adolph Menzel – Railway between Berlin and Potsdam

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

“Berlin-Potsdamer Bahn” was created in 1847. It measures 52 x 42 cm (width x height).

Brief description

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.

Genre & Material

Painting of realism with hints of impressionism. Painted in 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

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.

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

ART@Berlin: Adolph Menzel – Railway between Berlin and Potsdam

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