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Athis

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    France (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1912 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Drypoint

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist’s uncle, Witold Leitgeber

  • Museum number:

    E.1439-1993

  • 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, inhabited by men, women and animals engaged in strange or ritualistic behaviour. The figures increase the sense of vast dimension and are often endowed with supernatural powers such as the ability to float or fly. Elsewhere he depicts scenes or figures from classical mythology. Athis, a young man from India and son of a nymph of the River Ganges, appears in book V of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Physical description

Standing naked youth, facing forward, in attitude of gesturing, with raised arms, feet set wide apart. Low horizon, probably with grape vines and bushes - vaguely depicted. Immediately to left of youth's head a crescent moon.

Place of Origin

France (probably, made)

Date

1912 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Drypoint

Marks and inscriptions

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

Dimensions

Height: 13 cm plate, Width: 10 cm plate, Height: 36.5 cm sheet, Width: 28 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Konstanty Brandel: 'Athis', drypoint, 1912.

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

Konstanty Brandel Muzeum Narodow w Warszawie, Galeria Szfuki Wspolczesnej. Warsaw Listopad- grudzien 1977. Prints cat no. 55

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Drypoint

Categories

Prints; Myths & Legends

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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