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BERLIN BRUSH STROKES: THE ARTIST, HIS BIKE AND BERLIN

Pennell Joseph (1860-1926), Gleisdreieck, Berlin. Lithographie auf Papier, 42,8 x 63,3 cm (inkl. Scanrand). Architekturmuseum der Technischen Universität Berlin Inv. Nr. 18409.

Pennell Joseph (1860-1926), Gleisdreieck, Berlin. Lithographie auf Papier, 42,8 x 63,3 cm (inkl. Scanrand). Architekturmuseum der Technischen Universität Berlin Inv. Nr. 18409.

 

Today´s Berlin Brushstrokes picture is “Gleisdreieck” (after a large inner-city Berlin railway junction and the scene of the 1908 railway accident described in our previous post) a lithographic print by an American author and artist, Joseph Pennell.

It was made during Pennell´s visit to Berlin in 1914 and after the junction had been re-designed and build anew to avoid similar catastrophes as the one which took place there on September 26, 1908. The American illustrator spent his time travelling around the city and creating invaluable impressions of it.

Interestingly, Pennell must have found Berlin a particularly agreeable city (and would have quite likely still found it so today): both he and his wife, Elisabeth Robbins Pennell, were eager cyclists and left behind an extensive collection of both guide- and handbooks for bicycling´s fans. Between April and August of 1892 “The London Illustrated News” published a series of articles signed by Pennell´s wife and entitled “From Berlin to Buda Pest on a Bicycle”.

 

 

2 comments on “BERLIN BRUSH STROKES: THE ARTIST, HIS BIKE AND BERLIN

  1. Jms
    September 28, 2016

    I love that kind of drawing 🙂

    • notmsparker
      September 28, 2016

      Pennell was a genius as far as details and perspective go – some say he needed a minute of looking at what he was planning to draw to capture the smallest bits and re-create them on paper. I reckon all that cycling kept him fit both physically AND artistically;-)

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