Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Friday. Meadow outside of Aigen near Salzburg
Ferdinand Olivier, German, 1785 - 1841
Lithograph printed from two stones in black and tan inks
* Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Special Exhibition Gallery, ground floor (Honickman and Berman Galleries)
|125th Anniversary Acquisition. Purchased with the Lola Downin Peck Fund and the Carl and Laura Zigrosser Collection (by exchange), 1997|
LabelAbout two decades after the invention of lithography in Munich, Ferdinand Olivier, in Vienna, used the new printing medium to create an album of seven landscapes representing the days of the week, each a simple scene of daily life set against one of the majestic monuments of the Salzburg region. Recognizable religious allusions are combined with references to natural cycles—the times of day, the days of the week, the seasons of the year, and the ages of life. Each lithograph is a careful construction of light and shadow, using two stones to create three colors. Executed over a period of five years, from 1818 to 1823, Olivier’s album of lithographs is justly celebrated as one of the most beautiful sets of landscape prints ever made.
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