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WILHELM BUSCH (1832 - 1908)
Sitting Herder Boy in Winter Clothing (ca. 1854 - 1858)



The herder boy with the jelly bag cap on his head and a sash-like wound bundle at his side has his hands leaning on his stick. His attitude and appearance ar more casual than with the other herder boy.


Busch has formed the whole shape evenly without accentuating one part. So, the face is not modelled more but stands as a light plane, equally ranking against the other parts which are also presented like planes distinguishing themselves by their emphasized contour.

The drawing is quite compact and roundly complete by means of the clear composition of planes and their individual tones. By abstaining from too much differentiation, it gains an excellent affect from the distance even though it is not of a large format. It is difficult to place this drawing in a certain time period, since Busch has not repeated this individual stylization in any similar manner. In some details, however, we find similarities with the drawings from the years of 1854 to 1858
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