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Hansen-Bahia (Karl-Heinz Hansen), Untitled, 1971, woodcut on paper, Gift of Ruth and Jacob Kainen, © unknown, research required, 87.76.35

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Title

Untitled

Artist

Hansen-Bahia (German, active Brazil and Ethiopia, 1915-1976)

Date

1971

Medium

woodcut on paper

Edition

3rd artist's proof

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 27 3/4 in x 10 3/8 in; sheet: 34 1/2 in x 20 1/2 in

Inscriptions & Markings

inscription: To Jacob Kainen

inscription: 28 IX 1971 IV

Collection Area

Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

relief print

Culture

German

Credit Line

Gift of Ruth and Jacob Kainen

Accession Number

87.76.35

Copyright

© unknown, research required

Terms

engraving

paper

relief printing

relief prints

studios

woodcut

Description

Hansen-Bahia's peripatetic career took him from his native Germany to Brazil, and then to Ethiopia, where he lived for three years while awaiting Brazilian citizenship. His style and technique, however, remain rooted in the long German tradition of woodcut. In this example, the vertical press used to print woodblocks is pictured; a figure of a nude woman—muse, model, or, perhaps, personification of the press—is intertwined with the gears and levers of the machine.

This sheet is dedicated to Jacob Kainen (1909-2001), a painter, printmaker, and Curator of Prints at the Smithsonian Institution.

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