Portrait of a Lady with Hat
  • Adolph von Menzel
  • Breslau 1815 - 1905 Berlin
  • Portrait of a Lady with Hat, 1894
  • Carpenter’s pencil, partly smeared,
  • monogrammed and dated upper left: A.M./94.
  • 210 × 130 mm
Collection von Ballasco-Behrendt, Berlin
London, The Arts Council of Great Britain,
Bristol, City Art Gallery,
Kingston upon Hull, Ferens Art Gallery and
Leicester, Museums and Art Gallery, 1965:
Drawings and Watercolours by Adolph Menzel 1815 - 1905
cat. no. 103;
Berlin, Haus am Tiergarten, 1965:
Adolph Menzel 1815 - 1905. Pastelle und Zeichnungen
cat. no. 98

Menzel was able to take more time for this very precise study of a rather contemplative lady with a hat than for many of his other spontaneous sketches.

Rather, Menzel created a portrait, certainly with the knowledge of his sitter, that goes far beyond his usual interest in drapery, hair, and other such details. To this end, Menzel modelled the soft contours of the face with careful blending, and succeeded even at capturing the introspective gaze of the unkown lady.