“A Big Piece”, Albrecht Dührer – overview of the painting

“A Big Piece”, Albrecht Dührer – overview of the painting
"A Big Piece", Albrecht Dührer - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Albrecht Durer
  • Museum: Albertina Gallery, Vienna
  • Year: 1503

Overview of the painting :

A large piece of meadow – Albrecht Durer. Paper, watercolor, gouache, white. 40.8 x 31.5 cm
   A large piece of meadow is a piece of Albrecht Durer, written in 1503 (the numbers barely appear in the lower right corner of the picture). The plot of the work is simple, but it is unusual for its simplicity: in the 16th century, images of nature, flora and fauna were more decorative and symbolic. Albrecht Durer became the first European artist who, according to Oda Gobe, created an autonomous portrait of plants.

   Surprisingly in detail, Dührer managed to convey thin stems, leaves and naked roots of plants. In the aggregate, all detail creates the effect of presence: as if we are looking up at this islet of greenery from below. The look follows the plants from left to right, since on the left side it is not possible to identify the edge, and on the right, the vegetation is just limited. The background of the picture is dim-white, which helps to visually organize species diversity.

   At the bottom of the picture, wet swamp soil on which plants grow is shown with wide strokes of dark paint. Despite the fact that the “Big Piece” is the artist’s most recognizable work, he did not aim to make it popular. Creating a thing with such a motive was a kind of training for Durer – he learned to write landscapes. Evidence of this is the fact that the replication of the “Big Piece of Meadows” can be found in the engraving “Adam and Eve”, written in 1504.

   It is worth noting that the thing is also easy to count as an etude, but no is a complete and complete picture.

   The Big Piece of Meadow has become a significant work of the Northern Renaissance. This watercolor shows the birth of artistic interest in nature, its admiration, the ability to contemplate simple and beautiful.