P77199 Munich after the Rain 1986–7
München nach dem Regen
Lithograph 480 × 650 (18 7/8 × 25 5/8) on wove Japan paper 645 × 785 (25 3/8 × 30 7/8); printed by Karl Imhof, Munich and published by Maximilian Verlag Sabine Knust, Munich in an edition of 30
Inscribed ‘AR. Penck’ below image b.r. and ‘11/30’ below image b.l.
Purchased from Maximilian Verlag Sabine Knust, Munich (Grant-in-Aid) 1987
Printed in black, ‘Munich after the Rain’ depicts several figures in a landscape. Faces can be seen in the dark edges of the image at the bottom right and top left corners, and a clock with its hands at twelve o'clock is depicted in the upper right-hand corner. According to a letter to the compiler dated 21 July 1992 from Stephan M. Schuster, of Maximilian Verlag, the title relates to radioactive rain that fell over the city of Munich after the accident in April 1986 at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in the former Soviet Union. The plant leaked large amounts of radioactive pollution which was carried across Europe and into Germany by the wind. Schuster wrote that this was the only image Penck made in response to the nuclear catastrophe and that he made it immediately after details of the accident became known in the West.
Tate Gallery: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions 1986-88, London 1996