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Der Singende Orpheus (Orpheus Singing), Plate IV from the portfolio Antike Legenden (Classical Legends)

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Lovis Corinth, Der Singende Orpheus (Orpheus Singing), Plate IV from the portfolio Antike Legenden (Classical Legends), 1919, drypoint on handmade "Bütten" paper, The Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Graphic Arts Collection, no known copyright restrictions, 85.14.449

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Title

Der Singende Orpheus (Orpheus Singing), Plate IV from the portfolio Antike Legenden (Classical Legends)

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portfolio: Antike Legenden (Classical Legends)

Artist

Lovis Corinth (German, 1858-1925)

Date

1919

Medium

drypoint on handmade "Bütten" paper

Edition

Edition: 150 (including deluxe edition of 50 on Japan paper with additional plate and a regular edition of 100 on handmade "Bütten" paper); this impression is 21/100 on Bütten

Catalogue Raisonné

Schwarz 351 IV

Dimensions (H x W x D)

plate: 9 13/16 in x 12 3/4 in; sheet: 18 5/16 in x 24 5/8 in

Collection Area

Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

intaglio print

Culture

German

Credit Line

The Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Graphic Arts Collection

Accession Number

85.14.449

Copyright

no known copyright restrictions

Terms

drypoint

drypoints

intaglio printing

intaglio prints

Orpheus

paper

Description

Lovis Corinth produced the twelve prints of Antike Legenden (Classical Legends) just after World War I, when the themes of struggle, battle, and conflict would have been easily understood in a modern context. Corinth hewed to the classical story line, but created a modern look for the ancient narrative. He rendered his subjects in a sketchy, Expressionist style, rich with the burr of the drypoint needle used to etch the plates. While many of the themes evoke conflict, such as Der Raub der Helena (The Abduction of Helen) or Die Schmiede des Vulkan (The Forge of Vulcan), where the god of fire created the weapons of war, Corinth subverted the martial theme in Der Spiegel der Venus (The Mirror of Venus), in which the goddess of love uses the shield of Mars (god of war) as a mirror to reflect her voluptuous beauty.

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