by Albrecht DÜRER

A handful of drawings and watercolours of landscapes survive from Dürer's three years as an apprentice. The watercolour landscapes, probably dating from the summer of 1489, depict the surroundings of Nuremberg.

Throughout the next decade Dürer produced hundreds of drawings and watercolours. His landscapes of the late 1490s, such as House by a Pond, Pond in the Woods and Willow Mill, are quite different from his earlier watercolours. There is now a much greater emphasis on capturing atmosphere, rather than depicting topography. Dürer also did a marvellous series of nature studies. In works such as A Young Hare of 1502 and The Large Turf of the following year, the artist succeeded in painting the detail of the animal or the vegetation without losing anything of their overall atmosphere and character.

Summary of graphic works by Albrecht Dürer
drawings | woodcuts | engravings
etchings | drypoints | watercolours |