Rural Landscape in the Mark Brandenburg

Carl Blechenabout 1831–1838

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Blechen often went on excursions to the Mark Brandenburg, a rural area near Berlin, to sketch outdoors from nature. His quick, impulsive drawing style, which combines emphatic graphite lines with broadly applied brown wash, reflects his tendency to invest landscapes with intense emotions and states of mind. Melancholic by temperament, Blechen saw his mental health deteriorate in the 1830s, ultimately forcing him to resign from his post as professor of landscape painting at the Berlin Academy.


  • Title: Rural Landscape in the Mark Brandenburg
  • Creator: Carl Blechen
  • Date Created: about 1831–1838
  • Location Created: Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: 16.3 × 25.2 cm (6 7/16 × 9 15/16 in.)
  • Type: Drawing
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Brown ink over graphite
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 2009.58
  • Culture: German
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Carl Blechen (German, 1798 - 1840)
  • Classification: Drawings (Visual Works)

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