Graf, Urs


Graf, Urs

▪ Swiss artist
born c. 1485, , Solothurn, Switz.
died 1527, Basel

      Swiss draftsman, engraver, and goldsmith, known for his drawings, woodcuts, and etchings.

      The son of a goldsmith, Hugo Graf, he probably studied first under his father and later at Basel, following the style of Albrecht Dürer and of Dürer's assistant, the German painter and draftsman Hans Baldung-Grien. Settling in Basel in 1509, Graf executed his masterpiece as a goldsmith, a reliquary of St. Bernard for the monastery of St. Urban in 1514, subsequently lost. Graf's surviving works include 100 woodcuts, a number of engravings, etchings, and nielli (engravings inlaid with niello, a silver sulfide or mixture of sulfides), and 200 drawings, most of them dated and signed with his monogram.

      Graf often accompanied Swiss mercenaries in their military adventures, and these soldiers form the main subject of his work. Graf's drawing style is bold, energetic, and often highly ornamental. His etching “Woman Bathing Her Feet” (1513) is one of the earliest known dated etchings.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Graf, Urs — (c1485 Solothum, Switzerland 1527 or 1528 Basel) (Switzerland)    Goldsmith, painter, glass painter, comix, engraver, and stamp carver. Trained as a goldsmith by his father and as a stained glass painter by H. Wolleb.    Reproductions: Lust and… …   Dictionary of erotic artists: painters, sculptors, printmakers, graphic designers and illustrators

  • Urs Graf der Ältere — Urs Graf: Kriegsrat auf dem Pavierzug Urs Graf der Ältere (* um 1485 in Solothurn; † vor dem 13. Oktober 1528) war Glasmaler, Kupferstecher, Zeichner für den Holzschnitt und Goldschmied. Neben seiner Tätigkeit als Handwerker in Basel und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Urs Graf der Jüngere — (* 1512 in Basel; † vor dem 8. Februar 1559 in der Romagna) war ein Schweizer Goldschmied. Als Sohn von Urs Graf dem Älteren lernte er bei seinem Vater das Goldschmiedehandwerk. 1530 verlangte sein Stiefvater Thoman Wels vom Rat der Stadt… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Urs Graf — (born 1485 in Solothurn, Switzerland; died after 1529) was a Swiss Renaissance painter and printmaker (of woodcuts, etchings and engravings), as well as a mercenary soldier. He only produced two etchings, one of which dates from 1513 the earliest …   Wikipedia

  • GRAF (U.) — GRAF URS (1485 env. env. 1527) Orfèvre, peintre, graveur et verrier suisse, né à Soleure et mort à Bâle, Urs Graf est l’un des plus remarquables artistes parmi ceux qui empruntèrent les voies tracées par Dürer. À ses rares tableaux (musées de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Graf (surname) — Graf is a surname, and may refer to:* Conrad Graf (1782 1851), pianoforte builder. * Steffi Graf, German tennis player. * Stephanie Graf, Austrian athlete. * Oskar Maria Graf, German poet and novelist. * M. Andreas Christoph Graf, 18th century… …   Wikipedia

  • Graf — (Urs) (v. 1485 1527) graveur et orfèvre suisse. élève de son père, orfèvre à Soleure, il voyagea comme mercenaire et mêla l influence de la Renaissance italienne à celle de Dürer. Ses gravures témoignent souvent de son caractère fantasque ou… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Urs Graf — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Graf. L armée sauvage (Urs Graf, aux alentours de 1520). Urs Graf (né en 1485 à Soleure, mort vraisemblablement après 152 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Graf Öderland — Graf Öderland, gemäß Untertitel Eine Moritat in zwölf Bildern, ist ein Drama des Schweizer Schriftstellers Max Frisch. Angeregt durch einen Zeitungsbericht verfasste Frisch im Jahr 1946 eine erste Prosaskizze, die im Folgejahr als Teil des… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Graf (Familienname) — Graf ist ein deutscher Familienname. Bekannte Namensträger Inhaltsverzeichnis A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y …   Deutsch Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.