Urs Graf

(c. 1485—1529)

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(b Solothurn, c.1485; d Basle, 1529/30).

Swiss draughtsman, printmaker, designer, goldsmith, and painter, active mainly in Basle. He is best known for his drawings, which survive in considerable number, often signed and dated. They are done in a bold and energetic style, with virtuoso curling strokes of the pen; favourite subjects are soldiers (Graf himself spent some time as a mercenary in Italy), peasants, and flamboyantly dressed ladies of easy virtue. Graf also designed stained glass, made woodcuts, and executed the earliest extant dated etching, Girl Washing her Feet (1513).

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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