Gustav Wolf

Welt [World]

1928, portfolio of 12 woodcuts

artist's first proof impressions


Gustav Wolf (Östringen 1887-1947 Greenfield, Massachusetts)

"Welt" ["World"]


portfolio of 12 woodcuts, plus title sheet, on light cardboard

51,5 x 65 cm (sheets)

the first proof impressions of this opus

without the portfolio cover that was only made later for the published edition

each principal sheet signed in pencil lower right: "Gustav Wolf"

title sheet inscribed by the artist in pencil with dedication and dated: "Für Herrn Dr. Heinrich Stinnes diese ersten Andrucke einer Mappe. Karlsruhe im Mai 1928" ["For Dr. Heinrich Stinnes these first proofs of a portfolio. Karlsruhe in May 1928"]

ending [Ausgang] sheet inscribed and monogrammed by the artist in pencil: 

"Diese Drucke sind die ersten in der Presse und zeigen - allerdings noch sehr roh und unvollendet und oft auch noch unrichtig zugerichtet - die Art, wie ich sie drucken will. Die Mappe erscheint im Herbst bei Eugen Diederichs, Jena. Papier, Format etc. wird geändert. GW" 

["These prints are the first in the press and show - albeit still very raw and unfinished and often improperly trimmed too - the way I want to print it. The portfolio will appear in autumn with Eugen Diederichs, Jena. Paper, format etc. will be changed. GW "]

Provenance: Heinrich Stinnes (1867-1932), Cologne, the greatest German print collector of his day

Condition: paper browned with defects, including paper losses, in the margins 

a one-of-a-kind set!


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