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Print - Bacchic Dance

Bacchic Dance

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1911 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Drypoint, aquatint and etching printed in brown-black ink

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist’s uncle, Witold Leitgeber

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EE, shelf 66

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 consists of fantastical architecture or landscapes, inhabited by men, women and animals engaged in strange or ritualistic behaviour, sometimes endowed with supernatural powers such as the ability to float or fly. Another interest was Greek mythology. Here a group of naked men and women are engaged in a wild dance dedicated to Bacchus, Greek god of wine.

Physical description

Bacchic figures, naked, dancing. To far left male figure fully bent forward from waist, one arm visible flung out behind. In foreground a leaping female figure, one leg stretched straight down, the other raised high and bent back at the knee so sole of foot is pressed against upper thigh; to her right 3-4 other figures wildly leaping and dancing. Printed in dark brownish black ink. artist's red stamp small red circular just below margin of plate.

Place of Origin

France (probably, made)


1911 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Drypoint, aquatint and etching printed in brown-black ink

Marks and inscriptions

Barely legible in small red circular artist's stamp just below margin of plate on lower right.


Height: 20.2 cm plate, Width: 31.8 cm plate, Height: 32.6 cm sheet, Width: 51 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Konstanty Brandel: 'Danse Bachique', drypoint, aquatint and etching, 1911.

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

Konstanty Brandel Muzeum Narodow w Warszawie, Galeria Szfuki Wspolczesnej. Warsaw Listopad- grudzien 1977. Prints cat no. 42


Ink; Paper


Drypoint; Etching; Aquatint

Subjects depicted



Pagan; Prints

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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