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Wolf, Gustav
Die Blätter vom lebendigen Sein [SIGNED]
Eugen Diederichs, Jena, 1918. Signed under each woodcut by artist. 62/250. Elephant Folio. 10 plates (32 x 25"). Original portfolio with beige three quarter cloth over orange paper-covered boards and gilt-stamped vignette on cover. Printed to heavy handmade paper. Two title pages with original woodcut imagery and a colophon plate with table of contents followed by seven magnificent woodcut plates with elaborate visionary and symbolic imagery printed on heavy handmade paper. The single plates: 1. Weltbild (World View), 2. Das Welthafte (Worldliness), Das Bildhafte (The Pictorial), 4. Das Eine (Highest Principle), 5. Das Schweifende (Rambling), 6. Das Herrliche (Magnificent), 7. Lösung (Solution). Interesting here that Wolf's work is held in an expressionistic style through the first 6 plates but augmented by elements employed by painters attributed to Symbolism in the seventh plate, Solution. One can't but think of the American underground cartoonist Robert Crumb when looking at the expressionistic works of the first six plates except in Wolf's work figurative elements are employed scarcely. Gustav Wolf was a German-Jewish painter and graphic artist. He studied architecture at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Karlsruhe and took private lessons from Hans Thoma, a German painter known for his landscapes and portraits. Wolf's earliest preserved painting is from this time and dated in 1904. In 1906 Wolf discontinues his studies at the Kunstgewerbeschule following the advice of Hans Thoma, travels to Italy, Paris, and has his first show in a Munich gallery which was met with fierce reje … [Cliquez ci-dessous pour une description complète]
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