Hilliard T. Goldfarb
Senior Curator – Collections and Curator of Old Masters.
“As many of us find ourselves quarantined or in isolation in our homes or apartments, it is a welcome diversion to recall the modest yet intimate and uplifting joy in life that nature can bring to us. That is the delight of a small, charming print in our collection by the German Romantic printmaker Carl Wilhelm Kolbe, titled A Thicket; a Gnarled Willow Tree at Left, a Thicket of Vegetation at Right. This new acquisition is among his most well-known works. The imagery Kolbe created with the etching needle was based ultimately on his own meditations on his countryside treks near Dessau. This small print rewards close observation and reminds us of the wonders to be found in even the most humble displays of nature.”