Rocky Outcropping (recto); Rocky Forest with Strollers (verso)

Ernst Ferdinand Oehmeabout 1825

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

After studying at the Dresden Academy under Caspar David Friedrich--a leading figure of early German Romanticism--Ernst Ferdinand Oehme traveled to Italy. Yet he later confessed that he was truly inspired by the Germanic landscape, not the Italian one.

Working in detail with graphite, Oehme rendered the abstract, crystalline structure of this rocky formation (somewhere in Germany) and then delicately applied the watercolor. While such outdoor studies were meant to record the impression of color in the fleeting light of transitional moments, they also capture the poetry of the land.

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  • Title: Rocky Outcropping (recto); Rocky Forest with Strollers (verso)
  • Creator: Ernst Ferdinand Oehme
  • Date: about 1825
  • Location Created: Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: 18.4 x 29.7 cm (7 1/4 x 11 11/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Graphite and watercolor (recto); graphite (verso)
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Signature: (verso) signed (?) in pencil Ernst Oehme
  • Object Type: Drawing
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 2009.27
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum West Pavilion, Gallery W106
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: German
  • Classification: Drawings


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