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Christian Rohlfs

Grotesque Heads (Calm and Passion)

linocut on brownish paper
1915
23,5 x 32,1 cm / 9 1/4 x 12 5/8 in.
signed lower right

Rohlfs had already been a painter for 30 years when he began to investigate printing techniques. In June 1910 he wrote to a friend: "If you want to do me a great favour, see if you can supply me with 5-6 pieces of linoleum (…) I already cut on wood from cigar boxes, but they are too small and the wood splinters.“ That was the beginning of his printing works, which he created in parallel to his painting from then on. His odd figures, often integrated into humorous scenes, are eye-catching, such as "Groteske Eheszene" (Grotesque Scene of a Marriage), and the heads of "Hexe" (Witch), "Mann mit spitzer Nase" (Man with pointed nose) or the present work. Here the artist has not only proven his command of the printing techniques and his artistic talent, but also his humor.

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