Adolphus Baack, No 11, graphite on paper, 1870 (1854-1909)
A few years ago I purchased this drawing from 1870 at an antique shop. I’ve always loved it but decided I wanted to find out something about the artist. With the help of my father (who is very good at genealogy) he was able to trace the history of this man.
Adolphus Baack was his name and was 16 years old when he produced this drawing. He came from a wealthy New York City family where the father made his money designing musical instruments of the day. What touched my heart about this was we found out that Aldolphus was deaf. This gave a whole new meaning for me when I now look at this drawing, visualizing a 16 year old boy without the ability to hear taking in this landscape with such passion. The challenges he must of had during that century. His art must’ve been so important to him as a form of communication, or so I would imagine. I’m assuming it was probably drawn in the upstate New York area.
This is drawing number 11 as he wrote on the artwork. I wonder where the other 10 are now located. I am now the same age as he was when he passed away at 55 in 1909.
I have always and only collected artwork that I feel a heart connection with, but this one is a reminder that sometimes you just don’t know the reason. Thank you for a moment of gratitude Adolphus! #adolphusbaack