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Maternity

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    France (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1925 (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.1449-1993

  • 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 disturbing landscapes. Both 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. However he also produced more conventional depictions such as this piece, which could possibly be a portrait of a wife or mistress.

Physical description

A seated woman in a grove, head and eyes lowered toward an infant lying across her lap and suckling her bare breast.

Place of Origin

France (probably, made)

Date

1925 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Drypoint and etching

Marks and inscriptions

K.Brandel
Signature in pencil below plate to right.

[Ar]ches
Watermark on paper

Dimensions

Height: 23 cm plate, Width: 15.1 cm plate, Height: 36.3 cm sheet, Width: 27.9 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Konstanty Brandel: 'Maternitie'. Drypoint and etching, 1925.

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

Konstanty Brandel Muzeum Narodow w Warszawie, Galeria Szfuki Wspolczesnej. Warsaw Listopad- grudzien 1977. Prints cat no. 221

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Drypoint; Etching

Subjects depicted

Maternity; Baby

Categories

Children & Childhood; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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