Pictures at an Exhibition - Gnome

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«Gnomes» – (Gnome)

Stassov tells us that Hartmann’s picture was “a drawing representing a little gnome awkwardly walking on deformed legs.” But elsewhere (as we are informed by Alfred Frankenstein in his detailed investigation of this topic), Stassov says that Hartmann’s was a design for a carved wooden nutcracker apparently in the form of a gnome. There is the possibility that it could also be a design of a decorative child Christmas toy, dated 1869 and located at the Academy of Art. St. Petersburg.

Stasov comment: “A sketch depicting a little gnome, clumsily running with crooked legs.”

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