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by Shannon Karol


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This Sunday, October 4, 2015 is officially the last day of Oktoberfest.  Although Oktoberfest Zinzinnati occurred weeks ago, the celebration has continued in Munich.  Join us at the Art Museum to celebrate all things German for our October Sketching Sunday program.

To start with, stop by gallery 119, where you’ll encounter a very familiar landmark.  Many of our Oktoberfest Zinzinnati festivities take place in Fountain Square, home to the Tyler Davidson Fountain.  Did you know that August von Kreling, the artist who designed the fountain, was from Germany?

You might find inspiration in the work of Ursula von Rydingsvard—her Lace Mountains is currently on view in gallery 231.  Although she spent most of her life in the United States, von Rydinsvard was born in Germany.

Cincinnati artist Frank Duveneck (whose parents were German) studied art at the Royal Academy of Munich, and completed many paintings while living abroad.  Be sure to check out Landscape, Polling, Bavaria and his portrait of Professor Ludwig Loefftz, both on view in gallery 110.

Although not an authentic Hofbrauhaus stein, the Stein: Edward Booth, 1853 by the Rookwood Pottery Company in gallery 114 certainly resembles the large drinking vessels popular at Oktoberfest celebrations.  You might even find inspiration for the design of your own personalized stein  in this gallery.

What other German artworks can you find?  Don’t forget to share your sketches with us on social media.  Snap a picture of your work and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #sketchingsunday.  Don’t forget to tag us: @cincyartmuseum.

Sketching supplies will be available in the main lobby from 12:00-4:00 p.m. on October 4th.  A $5 deposit is required to check out a supplies kit and will be refunded upon return of the kit.  You may also bring your own sketching supplies into the galleries.

Please note, sketching is not allowed in special exhibitions.

Image Credit: Frank Duveneck (American, b.1848, d. 1919); Beechwoods at Polling, Bavaria, 1876; oil on canvas; gift of the artist; 1915.93