Very large steel engraving by François-Joseph-Aimé de Lemud (1817-1887) of a romanticized Beethoven asleep, draped over a square piano, with a cello on the floor, crumpled musical manuscript leaves under the piano, and a pile of musical manuscripts behind the piano. Ludwig van BEETHOVEN.

Very large steel engraving by François-Joseph-Aimé de Lemud (1817-1887) of a romanticized Beethoven asleep, draped over a square piano, with a cello on the floor, crumpled musical manuscript leaves under the piano, and a pile of musical manuscripts behind the piano.

Wien: Stammler & Karlstein, [1863]. 464 x 561 mm. A strong impression on wove paper.

Slightly soiled; repairs to edges and lower margin affecting the composer's printed name; remnants of hinges to upper corners of verso.

Beethoven appears to be dreaming, as a conductor (possibly the composer himself) stands before a large orchestra in the upper background with various figures from mythology, religion, and literature in the foreground.

"The painting from which [Lemud] derived his Beethoven print was called Beethoven's Dream, and indeed some Hoffmannesque characters seem to have invaded the dream world of the slumbering musical genius..." Comini: The Changing Image of Beethoven, p. 343, figure 131 (p. 269). Item #27681

Price: $750.00  other currencies

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