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Der Narr [The Fool], from Bauhaus Drucke: Neue Europäeische Graphik, 5te Mappe: Deutsche Kuenstler [Bauhaus Prints: New European Graphics, 5th Portfolio: German Artists]

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Der Narr [The Fool], from Bauhaus Drucke: Neue Europäeische Graphik, 5te Mappe: Deutsche Kuenstler [Bauhaus Prints: New European Graphics, 5th Portfolio: German Artists]

1917
20th century
45.8 cm x 37.8 cm (18 1/16 in. x 14 7/8 in.)

Staatliches Bauhaus Weimar Printer
Erich Heckel (Döbeln, Germany, 1883 - 1970, Radolfzell, Germany) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, German
Medium and Support: Woodcut
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Mr and Mrs. Richard Gonzalez, 1989
Accession Number: 1989.103.5/13

This print was created when the artist was working as a hospital orderly with German forces at Ostende, Belgium, in 1917. What began as a portrait of Wolf the hospital attendant, became a jester when Heckel enlarged the size of the sitter’s buttons, creating the appearance of a clown’s costume. Clowns, jesters, and acrobats appear often in Heckel’s art as existentially tragic and despairing figures, often serving as metaphors for the artist-poet.

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