KOBELL, Wilhelm von
(b. 1766, Mannheim, d. 1853, München)

Gentleman on Horseback and Country Girl on the Banks of the Isar near Munich

Watercolour, 237 x 306 mm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

Over a number of decades Kobell produced variations on the theme of "the encounter", which he had developed around 1800. This picture is one of the best examples of this. Immobile and aloof, peasants and a member of the upper classes face each other in this minutely observed scene.