Martin DislerUntitled 1986

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Martin Disler (1949‑1996)
Ohne Titel
Date 1986
MediumEtching and aquatint on paper
Dimensionsimage: 1685 x 993 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1986
Not on display

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P77159 Untitled 1986
Ohne Titel

Brush etching, aquatint and lift ground process 1683 × 997 (66 3/8 × 39 1/8) on three overlapping sheets of wove Zerkall-Butten paper 607 × 1070 (23 7/8 × 42 1/8), 604 × 1073 (23 3/4 × 42 1/8) and 638 × 1070 (25 1/8 × 42 1/8), overall size 1777 × 1070 (69 3/4 × 42 1/8); printed by Peter Kneubühler, Zürich and published by Galerie Eric Franck, Geneva, in an edition of 7
Inscribed ‘disler 86’ and ‘1/7’ below image b.r.
Purchased from Galerie Eric Franck, Geneva (Grant-in-Aid) 1986
Lit: Juliane Willi-Cosandier and Rainer Michael Mason, Martin Disler: L'Oeuvre gravé. Die Druckgraphik. The Prints 1979–1988, I, Geneva 1989, no.123, repr. in col., as ‘Gravure W’

Printed on three overlapping sheets of paper, P77159 depicts two figures superimposed over an elliptical shape suggestive of a ship seen from above or a vagina. The brown figure on the left is male and has a multitude of small figures emanating from his mouth and head. He is reaching across to the genitals of the red female figure on the right. She holds a red cross that extends from between her eyes to the man's chest. This motif, which appears in other works by Disler as a double cross, similar to a Maltese cross, relates to the artist's memories of attending church as a boy. Above the woman's head is a red snake which may be understood as a symbol of sexual transgression… (read more)

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