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Print - Landscape of a Very Happy Country

Landscape of a Very Happy Country

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    France (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1918 (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.1445-1993

  • 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 or landscape fantastically interpreted, with exaggerated and highly improbable structures, scale and perspective. These fantasies are frequently 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.

Despite its optimistic title (which may or may not be ironic) this landscape is deeply disturbing, particularly in its symmetrical treatment of foreshore, lake, island and distant mountains. Of the two barely discernable figures, that on the left seems to have metamorphosed into a tree or rock.

Physical description

Landscape with a lake in the centre. On either side in mid-distance high mountains rise symetrically on either side. In the foreground and centrally placed, a small island with an avenue between trees and curious perspective; also symetrically on either side and nearer the front of the picture plane two trees on the shore, from which figures - one from each - seem to be emerging.

Place of Origin

France (probably, made)

Date

1918 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Drypoint and etching

Marks and inscriptions

Brandel
Signature, just below the image on the plate, on right.

Dimensions

Height: 25.4 cm plate, Width: 33.1 cm plate, Height: 32.8 cm sheet, Width: 49.6 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Konstanty Brandel: 'Paysage du Pays Bienheureux [Lanscape of a very happy country], drypoint and etching, 1918.

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

Konstanty Brandel Muzeum Narodow w Warszawie, Galeria Szfuki Wspolczesnej. Warsaw Listopad- grudzien 1977. Prints cat no. 140

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Etching; Drypoint

Subjects depicted

Fantasy; Landscape

Categories

Prints

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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