Sigmar PolkeFigure with Hand (I Am Made Dizzy by a Carpet of Rose-Petals...) 1973

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Sigmar Polke (1941‑2010)
Figure with Hand (I Am Made Dizzy by a Carpet of Rose-Petals...)
Figur mit Hand (Es schwindelt mir Teppich von Rosenblättern...)
Date 1973
MediumLithograph on paper
Dimensionsimage: 626 x 453 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1988
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P77259 Figure with Hand (I Am Made Dizzy by a Carpet of Rose-Petals... ) 1973
Figur mit Hand (Es schwindelt mir Teppich von Rosenblättern ...)

Offset lithograph 626 × 453 (24 1/2 × 18) on Walter & Mackh blue ‘lizard skin’ paper, same size; printed by Ferdinand Bahruth, Reinbeck and published by Edition Griffelkunst, Hamburg in an edition of 320
Not inscribed
Purchased from Anthony d'Offay Gallery (Grant-in-Aid) 1988
Lit: Eberhard Freitag and Carl Vogel (eds.), Sigmar Polke: Gesamtgrafik, exh. cat., Kunsthalle, Kiel 1975, [p.72] no.24a, repr.; René Block, K.P. Brehmer, K.H. Hödicke, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Wolf Vostell: Werkverzeichnisse der Druckgrafik, II, Berlin 1976, p.234 no.P19, repr.

This lithograph depicts a large shadowy hand, a small figure with its arms in the air and continuous text made up of capital letters arranged in a rectangle (the text is given in parentheses in the title). The image and letters are printed in black on blue patterned bookbinding paper. In prints as well as paintings, Polke frequently combines texts and images, and imposes them on patterned backgrounds. His use of photomechanical methods to transfer and overlay the different elements in a work allows him to create images of distinctive scale. Most of his prints, including this one, are based on photographs he himself has taken. Polke made the print while living in Düsseldorf, Germany… (read more)

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