Adolph von Menzel's A Flute Concert of Frederick the Great at Sanssouci, painted in 1852, is a conjuring trick of dazzling proportions. This stunning tableau of wealth, refinement, and decadence, is characteristic of Menzel's frequent choice of subjects. Depicting the high-minded Potsdam court of Frederick the Great one century earlier, Menzel sets his scene during the years following the construction of the vast summer palace of Sanssouci. Sitting on the outskirts of Berlin, it is the German relative of the haunting Palace of Versailles only slightly more refined than its audacious French counterpart. Designed to King Frederick the Great's personal style, the palace was decorated in the Rococo style and frequently hosted musical performances of the type featured in Menzel's A Flute Concert of Frederick the Great at Sanssouci. This figurative reproduction of the King himself playing a Flute in his music parlour is a celebration of the emblematic German figure whose court retinue included C. P. E. Bach, Johann Joachim Quantz, and Franz Benda. A towering example of imaginative history painting, Menzel's adoption of this prestigious subject is allocated the monumentality and scope deserving of such a subject.
Menzel became fascinated with English Romantic painting upon seeing some works by the artist Constable in Berlin, inspiring a period of vast creative output and experimentation. Joining the teaching staff of the Royal Academy of Art the year after his A Flute Concert of Frederick the Great at Sanssouci, Menzel began to focus his attention on forging scenes of everyday life set in the sumptuous palaces of Europe. Part history-painter, part documentarian of departed court life, Menzel was a curious innovator in the genre and a fascinating product of his era.
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