- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
Hann Trier, German (Kaiserswerth, near Düsseldorf, Germany 1915 - 1999)
- Variation of Forms I/IV, from "6 Color Woodcuts"
- Other Titles
Original Language Title: Variation der Formen I/IV, aus "6 Farbholzschnitte"
Series/Book Title: 6 Color Woodcuts
- Work Type
- Physical Descriptions
- Color woodcut on Japanese paper
- image: 32 x 49 cm (12 5/8 x 19 5/16 in.)
irregular: 44.2 x 60.5 cm (17 3/8 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/IV 14 (circled)
- [Galerie der Spiegel], sold; Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1957
- State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
- Standard Reference Number
- Gerlach-Laxner G 8
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Association Fund
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Modern and Contemporary Art
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- Lower edge of the sheet is folded over.
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
Lynette Roth and Ilka Voermann, Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2018), pp. 301-302, 304, cat. no. 39.4, ill. (color)
- Exhibition History
Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/09/2018 - 06/03/2018
- Related Works
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