Karl-Otto Götz

Gilgamesh

1947

Original title
Gilgamesch
Medium
Relief print on paper
Dimensions
Image: 400 x 560 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by William Gear 1988
Reference
P11206

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The Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh, which relates the exploits of a mythical hero, was inscribed on clay tablets dating from around 2,000 BC. Götz may have been drawn to this ancient myth as a source of archetypal imagery that pre-dates the tradition of western rationalism. In preparing the print, Götz used gloss paint to build up the outlines of the figures on the etching plate. When printing the sheet by hand, he pressed the ink between the ridges caused by these raised outlines

Gallery label, September 2004