Fritz Schwimbeck

Shadow (Schatten),

circa 1920,

ink and pencil on paper


Fritz Schwimbeck (1889-1972)

"Schatten" ("Shadow")

circa 1920

pen and black ink and pencil on sketch paper

17,8 x 10 cm (7" x 4")

signed in pencil lower right: "F.Schwimbeck"

verso, on the backing board, a dedication to Dr. Richard Hiepe (1930-1998), the Marxist art historian and director of the Neue Münchner Galerie.

"Schwimbeck is particularly known for his atmospheric, often dark and densely hatched drawings and illustrations. The painter and graphic artist was in close contact with important writers of his time; and, since the 1910s, he created book illustrations of dark romanticism and the fantastic, for works by Hanns Heinz Ewers, E.T.A. Hoffman, Edgar Allen Poe, and August Strindberg, as well as William Shakespeare. Like the other painter-poets [for example, Odilon Redon], Schwimbeck also favored black-and-white drawings in order to gain more distance from reality, to move the viewer to their own subjective understanding of the picture, and to give the viewer a supernatural experience."  B



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