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Pegasus

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    France (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1911 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brandel, Konstanty, born 1880 - died 1970 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Drypoint and etching

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist’s uncle, Witold Leitgeber

  • Museum number:

    E.1437-1993

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EE, shelf 223

Although he spent most of his adult life living in Paris, the painter and graphic artist Konstanty Brandel often visited his native Poland and continued to consider himself a Polish artist. His work may be described as Symbolist and has much in common with that of figures such as Odilon Redon and Gustave Doré, although Hieronymus Bosch, Giovanni Battista Piranesi and Francisco de Goya have also been cited as possible influences.

Brandel’s imagery often includes architecture fantastically interpreted or disturbing landscapes. Both are frequently inhabited by men, women and animals engaged in strange or ritualistic behaviour and sometimes endowed with supernatural powers such as the ability to float or fly. Elsewhere he depicts scenes from Greek mythology. Here, hovering over an expanse of water a naked female is shown with Pegasus, the winged horse of Greek mythology, son of the sea god Poseidon, and the Gorgon Medusa. The sun and moon shining simultaneously suggest that the female might be Eos, the goddess of dawn.

Physical description

To the left of image a leaping/flying horse with wing-like upswept cloth and to right (and curving behind an upstretching nude female figure who appears to be floating in a void or on water) another wing or chariot; to upper right a sun; to upper left a crescent moon. On back of sheet traces of a torn layer of paper on the 'plate' area, as if something had been stuck down at one time.

Place of Origin

France (probably, made)

Date

1911 (made)

Artist/maker

Brandel, Konstanty, born 1880 - died 1970 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Drypoint and etching

Marks and inscriptions

K.Brandel
Signature in pencil just below margin of plate on lower right.

Dimensions

Height: 8.9 cm plate, Width: 11.8 cm plate, Height: 28.3 cm sheet, Width: 36.1 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Konstanty Brandel: 'Pegaz' [Pegasus], etching/drypoint. 1911.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Konstanty Brandel Muzeum Narodow w Warszawie, Galeria Szfuki Wspolczesnej. Warsaw Listopad- grudzien 1977. Prints cat no. 36

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Drypoint; Etching

Categories

Prints; Myths & Legends

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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