Otto Greiner

Gäa (Gaia) [Mother Earth],

1912, 

etching

 

Otto Greiner (Leipzig 1869 - 1916 Munich)


"Gäa" ("Gaia") [Mother Earth]

etching

1912

39 x 30,5 cm (image); 57,5 x 40,1 cm (sheet0

proof impression of final state

in pencil, lower right, monogrammed O. Gr., inscribed Roma, and dated 25.3.1912

The Daulton Collection 


Vogel 93 XIX (of XIX)


This is a proof impression taken before the copper plate was steel-faced.  


The Daulton Collection owns four impressions of the final state (State XIX) of Greiner's "Gäa."  For the other impressions, see www.ottogreiner.com


Discussion:


"Gaia is the most famous and laborious etching of Otto Greiner, which required five years of work starting from the first small test plate of 1908."  G


"[T]he mindless primal mother in Greiner's etching ['Gaia'] is an illustration of the pervasive fin-de-siècle notion, succinctly expressed by August Strindberg in his novel By the Open Sea, that 'the woman is the man's root in the earth'."  Bram Dijkstra, Idols of Perversity: Fantasies of Feminine Evil in Fin-de-Siècle Culture (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986), at pg. 85, ill. IV, 3.



Otto Greiner 

"Gäa" ("Gaia") [Mother Earth]

etching

proof impression of XVI state, 1911

in pencil, signed O. Greiner, inscribed Roma II Dr. [second impression], and dated 24.Febr.1911

The Daulton Collection


Vogel 93 XVI (of XIX)

Otto Greine

"Gäa" ("Gaia") [Mother Earth(smaller proof plate)

etching

1909

in pencil, monogrammed O.Gr., numbered Nr. 2, and dated 20.XI.09

The Daulton Collection

 

Vogel 93A (second, larger, plate) III

Otto Greine

"Gäa" ("Gaia") [Mother Earth(smaller proof plate)

etching

1908

in pencil, monogrammed O.Gr., inscribed Roma, dated 16.3.08, and numbered Nr. 2

The Daulton Collection

 

Vogel 93A (first plate) II


Otto Greiner

Study for the Etching Gäa (Gaia) [Mother Earth]

red chalk

1908

monogrammed O.Gr., inscribed Rom, and dated 08

The Daulton Collection 


Provenance: 


ex coll. Walter Bareiss, New York

Contact:

Jack Daulton

The Daulton Collection

Los Altos Hills, California

info@symbolismus.com