The Wallraf-Richartz-Museum& Fondation Corboud in Cologne has opened a new exhibition in the Graphischen Kabinett (Print Room), devoted to the counterproof of drawings.
Although the counterproof is paid less attention to in a graphic collection, it has, however, always played an important role as a method of reproduction. Therefore, the Wallraff has dedicated an exhibition entirely to this method, in order to explore the different functions of the counterproof and the beauty of it in itself.
The unique exhibition shows the counterproof from several approaches and several countries, amongst which are also interesting examples from the Low Countries. Under the earliest counterproofs one finds figures from the painted repertoire of Jan Brueghel the Elder. On display are also, amongst others, a counterproof from a drawing representing three wild boars by Paulus Potter (1625-1654), and a counterproof made after a painting from a follower of Adriaen van Ostade (1610-1685).
The exhibition Der Abklatsch. Eine Kunst für sich is to be seen in the museum until 23 November 2014. With the exhibition, a catalogue is also published, Der Abklatsch. Eine Kunst für sich, in the series ´Der un-gewisse Blick´, edited by Dr. Thomas Ketelsen.