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Print - The Dissolution

The Dissolution

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1921 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Drypoint and etching printed in brown

  • 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 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 and sometimes endowed with supernatural powers such as the ability to float or fly. Biblical and mythological material is sometimes conveyed through a kind of obsessive agoraphobia, as in this Dissolution, a kind of Last Judgement scene in which thousands of bodies appear to be both falling and floating through a vaguely suggested ampitheatre.

Physical description

A kind of 'Last Judgement' scene. Thousands of falling, floating or whirling figures, some more clearly drawn than others, against a ground of some architectural structure, not clearly defined, like an amphitheatre.

Place of Origin

France (probably, made)


1921 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Drypoint and etching printed in brown

Marks and inscriptions

128 Brandel
Number and signature in pencil, below the plate, on right.

epr s-p-s 1-10
epr[euve] =proof
Proof number on the left.


Height: 30.3 cm plate, Width: 22.7 cm plate, Height: 50 cm sheet, Width: 33 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Konstanty Brandel: 'La Dissolution' [The Dissolution], drypoint and etching, 1921.

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

Konstanty Brandel Muzeum Narodow w Warszawie, Galeria Szfuki Wspolczesnej. Warsaw Listopad- grudzien 1977. Prints cat no. 207


Ink; Paper


Etching; Drypoint

Subjects depicted



Death; Religion; Prints

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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