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Identification and Creation
Object Number
BR57.36
People
Hann Trier, German (Kaiserswerth, near Düsseldorf, Germany 1915 - 1999)
Title
Variation of Forms I/I, from "6 Color Woodcuts"
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: 6 Color Woodcuts
Original Language Title: Variation der Formen I/I, aus "6 Farbholzschnitte"
Classification
Prints
Work Type
print
Date
1950
Culture
German
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Color woodcut on Japanese paper
Technique
Woodcut
Dimensions
image: 28.9 x 45 cm (11 3/8 x 17 11/16 in.)
irregular: 41.8 x 60.5 cm (16 7/16 x 23 13/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: monogrammed in graphite at l.r.: hT
  • inscription: l.r., graphite, handwritten, in artist's hand: I/I 14/20
Provenance
[Galerie der Spiegel], sold; Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1957
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Gerlach-Laxner G 5
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Association Fund
Accession Year
1957
Object Number
BR57.36
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Descriptions

Label Text: Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55 , written 2018
In 1950, while searching for firewood, Trier came upon strangely shaped pieces of wood in the attic of his home. Keeping the outer shape of the wooden blocks (which he later discovered were cases for tennis rackets), he carved into them, then printed them in different colors on thin Japanese paper. He tested numerous combinations of the forms by holding the prints up to the light, describing
the result as a “concert of different colored plates.” Although Trier never explicitly specified the nature of his carvings, many of them resemble a crouching human. Six woodcuts were selected the following year for publication in the portfolio 6 Color Woodcuts by the
gallery Der Spiegel in Cologne.

Publication History

Anja Chávez, ed., Two and One: Printmaking in Germany, 1945-1990, exh. cat., Davis Museum at Wellesley College (Wellesley, Massachusetts, 2003), cat. no. 164, color illus.

Lynette Roth and Ilka Voermann, Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2018), pp. 300-302, cat. no. 39.1, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

Two and One: Printmaking in Germany 1945-1990, Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Wellesley, 10/09/2003 - 01/18/2004

Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/09/2018 - 06/03/2018

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