Prag: Alte Schlosstiege (Prague: Old Castle Stairs) by Max Pollak

Prag: Alte Schlosstiege (Prague: Old Castle Stairs) by Max Pollak

Prag: Alte Schlosstiege (Prague: Old Castle Stairs)

Max Pollak

Title

Prag: Alte Schlosstiege (Prague: Old Castle Stairs)

 
Artist

Max Pollak

  1886 - 1970 (biography)
Year
c. 1910  
Technique
softground etching, roulette, and drypoint in blue-black ink 
Image Size
11 x 6 1/2" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
not stated; edition presumed under 25 
Annotations
pencil titled, lower left; red Friedl Pollak collection stamp in lower left sheet corner; stamped "Made in Austria" on verso 
Reference
 
Paper
delicate cream wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
22699 
Price
$400.00 
Description

This early Max Pollak intaglio depicted is the staircase leading to the East Gate of the Hradcany Castle complex in his hometown of Prague, Czechoslovakia around 1910. The viewer stands at the bottom of the stairs looking up to the castle in the distance. Just before the stairs make a turn the artist adds a small figure, partly to give a sense of scale to the composition.

The Hradcany Castle complex was built in the 9th century and is one of the largest in the world, around 1870 feet in length and 430 feet in width and contains St. Vitus Cathedral. The 121 steps lead up to the F├╝rstenberg Gardens which overlooks the city of Prague.