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Ein Altes Lied

Etching
1902 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

August Brömse (1873-1925) was born in Bohemia and trained both in Prague and Berlin. His early graphic work, on which his reputation chiefly rests, shows the influence of prints by the German Symbolists such as Max Klinger. This print, one of his best, comes from the series 'The Girl and Death' produced in Berlin 1901-2, and shows Death (a skeleton) playing a violin at the dark entrance of what appears to be a tomb. The series is a modern variant on the theme of the Dance of Death; it has macabre and decadent qualities, but the drawing is refined and meticulous. The main etched lines are printed in black from a conventional copper plate, enhanced by the overall use of a greenish colour tint applied by a second plain tone-plate. The print has been signed by the printer, O. Felsing of Berlin, as well as the artist. Felsing was widely regarded as one of the finest printers of artists' etchings of his generation. He signed only a handful of prints which he considered to be the best of the early impressions pulled from the plates entrusted to him.


object details
Category
Object Type
Additional TitleThe Girl and Death (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Etching
Brief Description
Etching, 'Ein Altes Lied', August Brömse, Berlin, 1902
Physical Description
Etching.
Dimensions
  • Plate mark height: 19.8cm
  • Plate mark width: 29.1cm
  • Sheet height: 32.9cm
  • Sheet width: 45.8cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'O. Felsing Berlin gedr.' (Printer's signature, in pencil.)
  • 'Ein altes Lied' (Title; signature; date. All in pencil.)
Credit line
Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund
Production
Though the print is inscribed, in what appears to be the artist's hand, with the title 'Ein Altes Lied' it has been published elsewhere with the title given as 'I'm Coming'.
Summary
August Brömse (1873-1925) was born in Bohemia and trained both in Prague and Berlin. His early graphic work, on which his reputation chiefly rests, shows the influence of prints by the German Symbolists such as Max Klinger. This print, one of his best, comes from the series 'The Girl and Death' produced in Berlin 1901-2, and shows Death (a skeleton) playing a violin at the dark entrance of what appears to be a tomb. The series is a modern variant on the theme of the Dance of Death; it has macabre and decadent qualities, but the drawing is refined and meticulous. The main etched lines are printed in black from a conventional copper plate, enhanced by the overall use of a greenish colour tint applied by a second plain tone-plate. The print has been signed by the printer, O. Felsing of Berlin, as well as the artist. Felsing was widely regarded as one of the finest printers of artists' etchings of his generation. He signed only a handful of prints which he considered to be the best of the early impressions pulled from the plates entrusted to him.
Collection
Accession Number
E.291-2013

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record createdAugust 1, 2013
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