Yesterday I showed you Young Hare by Albrecht Durer. Today it is another of my favourite paintings, again by Durer - Great Piece of Turf.

Great Piece of Turf

Great Piece of Turf by Albrecht Durer 1

Great Piece of Turf by Albrecht Durer
Year 1503
Type Watercolour, pen and ink
Dimensions 40.3 cm × 31.1 cm (15 7⁄8 in × 12 1⁄4 in)
Location Albertina, Vienna 1

Great Piece of Turf (German: Das große Rasenstück) is a watercolor painting by Albrecht Dürer created at his Nuremberg workshop in 1503. It is a study of a seemingly unordered group of wild plants, including dandelion and greater plantain. The work is considered one of the masterpieces of Dürer's realistic nature studies.

The watercolour shows a large piece of turf and little else. The various plants can be identified as cock's-foot, creeping bent, smooth meadow-grass, daisy, dandelion, germander speedwell, greater plantain, hound's-tongue and yarrow.

The painting shows a great level of realism in its portrayal of natural objects.Some of the roots have been stripped of earth to be displayed clearly to the spectator. The depiction of roots is something that can also be found in other of Dürer's works, such as Knight, Death, and the Devil (1513). The vegetation comes to an end on the right side of the panel, while on the left it seems to continue on indefinitely. The background is left blank, and on the right can even be seen a clear line where the vegetation ends. 1