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Trunks and Branches by Franz Innocenz Kobell

Trunks and Branches, 1819

Franz Innocenz Kobell

This pen-and-ink view gives you the sense of standing in a forest, looking up at a huge broken-off snag. Even though the scene is rendered in sepia tones, your senses fill in the missing details: dappled sunlight winking through the leaves, insects buzzing in the thick brush, the scent of rich earth, decaying bark, and fresh tree sap. The artist worked too fast and had too many ideas to be content with the slow pace of painting, so he mostly made etchings and pen drawings, like this one, leaving behind more than 10,000 after his death.

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