Fritz Schwimbeck

Spooky Landscape in Moonlight

circa 1910s,

pen and ink on paper


Fritz Schwimbeck (1889-1972)

Gespenstisch Landschaft im Mondlicht [Spooky Landscape in Moonlight]

circa 1910s

pen and black ink on smooth laid paper

25,3 x 20,2 cm (10 x 8 in.)

signed in pencil lower center: "F. Schwimbeck"

signed again, verso

A magnificent drawing with a scooped edge on all four sides, it recalls, in its eerie detail, the work of the French artist Rodolphe Bresdin.

"The initially romantic-seeming landscape with a hiker and an angler turns out to be an extremely detailed night landscape charged with symbolism: here a skull, there a larger-than-life spider, snakes, turtles, worms, a huge carp in the pond and a monkey in the tree. In levels that seem to differ in time, a man with a distinctive hat first sits on the bank of a river and fishes before shortly afterwards, almost unimpressed by all the animal activity around him, starts his way home with his catch in his backpack."  B



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