Christian's quote was "alles Zeichnen ist nützlich, und Alles zeichnen auch” (“All drawing is useful, and to draw everything also.”) Menzel wrote that famous line when asked by art students about the value of drawing from plaster casts. His answer might be translated colloquially: "Any drawing you do helps, but it's also great to go out there and draw whatever else you can, too."
Menzel's friend Meyerheim rendered the famous quote slightly differently: „Alles Zeichnen ist gut. Alles zeichnen noch besser." This changes the sense of it a bit, suggesting that one thing is better than another. But no matter how you slice it, Menzel was the artist who more than anyone else, drew EVERYTHING.
Mann auf dem Abort [Man on a toilet]. 1872. Pencil. 13.9 x 8.2 cm. [5.5 x 3.2 in.]
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Amazon doesn't release the book until August 17.
The book contains 130 images, including 32 pages of color.
Here's the link if you'd like to order a signed copy from my website store (I can ship to addresses in the USA only, because of the high shipping rates overseas, sorry).
Check out Christian's blog about Menzel and drawing: "Alles Zeichnen," which is in English.
Adolph Menzel: Drawings and Paintings from JamesGurney.com