Fritz Schwimbeck

Death Encompasses All 

[Tod im All]

1913, ink drawing


Fritz Schwimbeck (1889-1972)

"Tod im All" ["Death Encompasses All," also known as "Death in the Universe" and as "Death in Space"]


ink drawing: pen and brush in black

28 x 20,9 cm

monogrammed "FS" lower left

signed again in black pen on verso and dated October 14, 1913 (last digit indistinct)

The Daulton Collection

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

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

Provenance: from the collection of Carl Laszlo (1923 Pécz - 2013 Basel), the noted Hungarian-Swiss art dealer, art collector, psychoanalyst, and author.

"The Munich artist Fritz Schwimbeck is best known for his book illustrations of the 1910s and 20s on dark romanticism and fantasy, and for his numerous graphic cycles during the horrors of the First World War, but also for his atmospheric, often dark and densely hatched, pen drawings."  B

"Der Münchener Künstler Fritz Schwimbeck ist vor allem für seine Buchillustrationen zur schwarzen Romantik und Phantastik der 1910er und 20er bekannt und schuf unter den Schrecken des Ersten Weltkrieges zahlreiche graphische Zyklen, aber auch charakteristische, atmosphärische, oft dunkel und dicht schraffierte Federzeichnungen."  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