Saturday, October 19, 2013

Who Painted This? #49

Who painted this? #49
A rather different visual image this week

You need to tell me - as a comment on this blog - who painted this PLUS all the other things I want to know (see link to rules below).

ALSO Tell me what you can find out about this artist and/or artwork.

The winner will be the person with the BEST answer rather than the first to respond - so you don't have to rush and you do have time to do some research.  Just get your answer to me by the end of Thursday your time.

For those who've not risen to the challenge before please take a minute to read the rules - see below.  The questions which need answering don't stop at "Who painted this?"

How to participate in "Who painted this? #49"


PLEASE make sure you read the rules before posting a comment - and ONLY POST ON THIS BLOG what you think is the answer.
Click this link to read THE RULES for participating in this challenge (this saves having to copy them out for each post!).

In short:
  • use your brains not software to find the answer - search using words only on a database of images
  • leave your answer as a comment on this blog - do not leave the answer on Facebook!
  • if correct it will not be published until the next post - which provides the answer
  • if wrong it will be published
  • the winner - who gets a mention and a link on/from this blog - is NOT THIS WEEK the first person to give me a completely correct answer for ALL the things I want to know. It's the person who does all this AND provides the BEST answer (see above)


Who Painted This #48 - The Answer


Who painted this? #48
  • Title of the artwork I Too Was in Arcadia (Auch ich war in Arkadien)
  • Name of the artist who created this artwork: Carl Wilhelm Kolbe (1759 - 1835) (German)
  • Date it was created: 1801
  • Media used: Etching; Plate: 15 1/8 x 19 7/8 inches; Sheet: 16 1/4 x 20 7/8 inches
  • Where it lives now: Several places as it is an etching! 
This is the most famous etching created by Carl Wilhelm Kolbe (1759-1835).  He's generally regarded as the most famous etcher of his time.

He learned how to draw through classical academic training at the Berlin Academy of Art where he did his time drawing plaster models and classical sculpture. His etching wasn't a skill taught to him.  Instead he learned how to do it for himself.

What really interested Kolbe were landscapes and, believe it or not, giant vegetation. This print is but one of 28 etchings in which giant vegetation dwarfs the human figures in the image.  His dislocation of scale in this way is something not seen before or since.

The location for this particular print is Arcadia (aka Arcady in English).  Whereas Arcadia actually exists (it's a province in Greece), it's used in this context as part of a Romantic concept of a utopian place, a pastoral paradise, where the land is unspoiled by man and man can be at one with nature.  Arcadian landscapes were very popular during the Romantic period of German art (late 18th and early 19th centuries).

The Latin inscription on the tomb translates to “I too lived in Arcadia.”  This is a 'momenti mori' concept - it's a reminder of the transitory nature of life and the inevitability of death.

What Kolbe excels at is the detailing the intricacies of leaves and grasses and how they overlap. He creates a lot of depth in his etchings through very refined use of light and shade.

Who guessed correct?

Who painted this #48? - There were just three correct answers by:
I'm calling this one a joint win by John and Bernadette - both of whom offered an insight into the artist, the artwork and the context.

There were fewer participants this week. I'm left wondering whether this was because of the artwork or the change in the nature of the challenge.