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A Portrait of Mendelssohn$
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Clive Brown

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300095395

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300095395.001.0001

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• Drawing and Painting

• Drawing and Painting

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A Portrait of Mendelssohn

Clive Brown

Yale University Press

At an early age, Felix Mendelssohn received instruction in drawing. From at least 1822 he began to draw regularly in bound sketchbooks, many of which he produced during the family's travels in Germany and Switzerland. As a perfectionist, Mendelssohn was never satisfied with his skill in drawing and painting, particularly when it came to figures or colors. Drawing and painting became a form of recreation for Mendelssohn, especially at times of great stress. Many of his drawings and paintings survive in public collections. His finest surviving collection of watercolors were painted in Switzerland during the summer of 1847. Some of Mendelssohn's drawings, including most of his surviving sketchbooks dating from 1822 to 1847, can be found at the Bodleian Library of the University of Oxford.

Keywords:   drawings, sketchbooks, Germany, Switzerland, watercolors, Bodleian Library, paintings

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