This is a drawing in watercolor, gouache, pencil and even some gold paint, 11 3/4" by 9 1/4", (19" by 16" in simple modern day framing), the subject wall paper or other wall details of an elegant parlor or salon of the 19th or 18th century, signed at lower right by the artist, REINHOLD VOLKEL (VOELKEL) and inscribed just below the signature "WIEN" (Vienna). The drawing is typical of the mostly works-on-paper oeuvre of the artist, who was known in the late years of the 19th century and early years of the twentieth as an insightful recorder of life in Vienna. He drew street scenes, but a specialty seems to have been elegant architecture, parlors and interiors of his time and place, recorded in amazing detail. This work gives some indication of the meticulous attention to detail for which he is known. Chromolithograph prints were made of some of his original works. There does not seem to be a plethora of biographical information on the artist, but his works do appear at auction, mostly in Austria. The drawing was laid down long ago on a thin card, which apparently sustained a tear at one point (see reverse photo showing the horizontal tear taped), and that tear also appears at left center in the drawing, extending 2 3/4" into the drawing. From normal viewing distance it is not very visible at all, and even up close it is to me not bothersome. The tear could likely be made invisible by paper restorers. Otherwise the drawing is in excellent condition.
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