8_Watercolour by August_Menken

WatercolourAugust Menken, 1875

August Menken (1858-1903) was a talented and prolific architect who designed 16 churches and 38 secular buildings in his relatively short career. This attractive watercolour sketch, painted when the artist was just 17, has no known title but is full of interesting detail to discover.


By Creator:August Menken [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Wrap Up Your Painting

  • What caught your eye immediately about the painting?
  • How did you describe the character of the built environment to yourself?
  • How did the air smell, in your imagination?
  • Did you think the person you focused on was affluent or not? How could you tell?
  • In what way, if any, did this guided noticing activity add to your original impressions of the painting?
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