Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach

Tightrope Walker,

ink, pen, and brush on paper,



Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach (1851-1913)

"Seiltänzer" ("Tightrope Walker")

ink, pen, and brush on paper


9 7/8 x 19 3/4 in.

signed upper right: Diefenbach 1891

The Daulton Collection

This drawing is a highly finished and close study for a panel of Diefenbach's monumental masterpiece "Per aspera ad astra" (1892, mixed technique on canvas) in the collection of the Stadtmuseum Hadamer.  See Michael Buhrs, ed., Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach (1851-1913) Lieber sterben, als meine Ideale verleugnen! (Munich: Museum Villa Stuck and Edition Minerva, 2009), pg. 90, ill. 66.


Compare this antecedent also in The Daulton Collection:
L. von Etzel,
Fries mit Feen und Fabelwesen [Frieze with Fairies and Mythical Creatures],
brush in black
18,7 x 31,2 cm
signed and dated lower right: "fec. L. v. Etzel 1850"
The Daulton Collection



Jack Daulton

The Daulton Collection

Los Altos Hills, California