Wintermorning (Hohenelbe) by Max Pollak

Wintermorning (Hohenelbe) by Max Pollak

Wintermorning (Hohenelbe)

Max Pollak

Title

Wintermorning (Hohenelbe)

 
Artist

Max Pollak

  1886 - 1970 (biography)
Year
c. 1914  
Technique
etching & color aquatint 
Image Size
11 1/2 x 15 1/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
not stated 
Annotations
pencil titled & dated in lower left corner; Friedl Pollak Collection stamp in lower left sheet corner; bears inkstamp verso MADE IN AUSTRIA 
Reference
 
Paper
ivory laid Bergisch Gladbach watermarked 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
22537 
Price
$600.00 
Description

Pollak viewed the old town hall on the main square of Hohenelbe through the arches of the buildings that line the square, taking shelter from the snow that blankets the scene.

The Czech city of Vrchlabí ('Hohenelbe' in German) started with the settlement of the Krkonoe Mountains (the Giant Mountains) – the highest Czech mountain range. The name of the town is closely related with the location on the river Labe, the Latin Albipolis (Albi = Labe = The Elbe, Polis = City).

The first settlement called Wrchlab was probably founded in 1300. Many people from German speaking lands came to work and live to the town and brought in the Lutheran reformation faith, which spread quickly in the region, supported vividly by Gendorf himself. Vrchlabí also became a trading center for fine goofd, especially linen cloth which was highly desired and was exported into Italy or Spain.

Until 1918, the town was part of the Austrian monarchy (Austrian part after the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867), head of the Hohenelbe district, one of the 94 Bezirkshauptmannschaften in Bohemia.