A tumbling girl
  • Adolph von Menzel
  • Breslau 1815 - 1905 Berlin
  • A tumbling girl
  • Carpenter´s pencil, partly smeared
  • inscribed by the artist:
    10 J / Ganze Größe / 3´7“ Kopf 7 3/8 / Fuss / 6 1/2“
    stamp and numerous numberings on the verso
  • 209 × 129 mm

The tumble of the young girl, who lies face-down on the pavement in the foreground on the left, is only one of the many small everyday catastrophes depicted in the painting. Perhaps she was only attempting to imitate the somersaulting boys who had so frightened the so-called pair of English tourists behind them? Along with a second study of almost the same size, depicting the girl’s bare legs and feet (Fig. 1), this sketch attests once again to the thorough fixation with detail, with which Menzel prepared his complex compositions.