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Cemetery in Poland

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1913 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist’s uncle, Witold Leitgeber

  • Museum number:


  • 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, with exaggerated and highly improbable structures, scale and perspective. Elsewhere he creates similarly disturbing landscapes. These fantasies are frequently inhabited by men, women and animals engaged in strange or ritualistic behaviour, but sometimes the spaces are eerily empty, as in this view of a Polish cemetery, where crosses rise out of a copse isolated amid empty fields.

Physical description

A bleak, open, empty landscape save for a single tree, what could be, in the furthest distance, mountains and, in the centre, a copse of thin trees with myriad tall crosses rising amongst them.

Place of Origin

France (probably, made)


1913 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

In monogram in artist's red stamp on plate at lower left.

Possibly a signature, in pencil, on the back of the sheet at lower left.


Height: 12.8 cm plate, Width: 17.8 cm plate, Height: 25.2 cm sheet, Width: 32.4 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Konstanty Brandel: 'Cimetière en Pologne [Cemetery in Poland], drypoint, 1913.

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

Konstanty Brandel Muzeum Narodow w Warszawie, Galeria Szfuki Wspolczesnej. Warsaw Listopad- grudzien 1977. Prints cat no. 62


Ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Cemetery; Landscape


Death; Prints; Religion; Christianity

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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