Fritz Schwimbeck

Schiwa [Shiva]

1915, ink drawing


Fritz Schwimbeck (1889-1972)



pen in black, on firm wove paper

41,7 x 32,2 cm

signed in pencil lower right "Prof. F. Schwimbeck" 

on verso, dated, titled and inscribed "2. Fassung." ["2nd version"]

The Daulton Collection

The above drawing is a finished study for Plate VI of the portfolio of eight etchings, "Werden-Vergehen" ["Creation and Death," also known as "Becoming and Passing Away"], published by Parcus & Co., München 1919.

The Daulton Collection owns finished preparatory drawings for five of the plates of that portfolio.

"In the present drawing, which fills the format and is meticulously worked out down to the last detail, Shiva, one of the main gods of Hinduism, appears as a figure in the sky filled with light. Instead of the third eye, the artist provided the mask-like grimace with three skulls over the forehead. As the god of contrasts, the bright figure of Shiva contrasts with a gloomy mountain landscape, which leads straight into the abyss via a waterfall at the lower end."  B

"In der hier vorliegenden, formatfüllenden und bis ins Detail minutiös ausgearbeiteten Zeichnung erscheint Shiva, einer der Hauptgötter des Hinduismus als lichterfüllte Gestalt im Himmel. Statt des dritten Auges, versieht der Künstler die maskenhafte Fratze mit drei Totenköpfen über der Stirn. Als Gott der Gegensätze kontrastiert die helle Gestalt Shivas mit einer düsteren Berglandschaft, die mittels eines Wasserfalls am unteren Ende geradewegs in den Abgrund führt."  B

Fritz Schwimbeck
"Tod im All" ("Death in Space")
etching with aquatint on firm Japan
65,5 x 48,5 cm
signed in pencil lower right: "F. Schwimbeck"
inscribed in pencil lower left: "Tod im All  VII/XV"
The Daulton Collection

This is one sheet from the portfolio of eight etchings, "Werden-Vergehen," published by Parcus & Co., München 1919.  The portfolio was published in an edition of 15 on firm Japan and an edition of 50 on rolled China on etching board.


Jack Daulton

The Daulton Collection

Los Altos Hills, California