KOLBE, Carl Wilhelm
(b. 1759, Berlin, d. 1835, Dessau)

Fantastical Tree

c. 1830
Etching, 365 x 520 mm
Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich

Kolbe produced the most expressive form of landscape during his period. He came to art late in life, after having trained as a French tutor. Kolbe's work can best be understood in the context of the Sturm und Drang movement, with which it appears to have an affinity. His own images are of a wild, storm-tossed nature. He worked in etching, a medium which intensified the vigour of his forms.

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