Open book and binoculars near Kupferhügel
  • Richard Müller
  • Tschirnitz / Bohemia 1874 -1954 Dresden
  • Open book and binoculars near Kupferhügel
  • Pencil and black chalk on paper
  • inscribed and signed:
    Der Kupferhübel mit Kupferberg i.B. / Rich. Müller
  • 200 × 348 mm

The second landscape scene from the Ore Mountains, the so-called ‚Copper Mound‘ (Kupferhügel), features – notwithstanding its true-to-life background details – an additional visual layer, upon which Richard Müller brings a set of binoculars and an open book to the fore. Subtle shadows cast by the leather straps and book pages heighten the hyper-realistic depiction of the objects, yet their boundary-free juxtaposition to nature is perplexing to the observer. This confusion was certainly the artist‘s intention, however, for he always enjoyed unsettling our ways of viewing.

The ‚Copper Mound‘ or ‚Copper Hill‘ is a 910-meter-high elevation in the Bohemian part of the Ore Mountains (Erzgebirge), now known by the Czech name of Mědnik.