Bei Mariazell II (Near Mariazell II) by Max Pollak

Bei Mariazell II (Near Mariazell II) by Max Pollak

Bei Mariazell II (Near Mariazell II)

Max Pollak

Title

Bei Mariazell II (Near Mariazell II)

 
Artist

Max Pollak

  1886 - 1970 (biography)
Year
1920  
Technique
drypoint, printed chine colle 
Image Size
5 15/16 x 5 7/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
not stated; presumed small 
Annotations
pencil titled in lower left sheet edge; Friedl Pollak Collection stamp in lower left sheet corner; stamped on verso, "Made in Austria" 
Reference
 
Paper
thin white wove collaged to heavy buff wove support sheet 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
22613 
Price
$400.00 
Description

This image is one of a series of prints Pollak did of winter in the Austrian Alps around 1920. To print this composition he collaged a sheet of thin white laid paper that would capture the delicate drypoint lines to a support sheet of cream wove that allowed the print to be handled.

He allowed the bottom two-thirds to be defined by the white paper and a few wispy drypoint lines in the foreground. At the top of the image are lines that define trees and snow-bound houses, set against a gray, aquatinted sky.

Mariazell is a small city in central Austria in the Austrian Alps, known for its winter sports, especially skiing. Now accessable by railways, it was founded in the 12th century by monks of St. Lambrecht’s Abbey and is a destination for Catholic pilgramages. Marialell currently has a population of around 4000 residents.