Arnulf Rainer

Cross I

1977–80

Original title
Kreuz I
Medium
Drypoint on paper
Dimensions
Image: 1340 x 613 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1982
Reference
P07714

Display caption

The cross is a recurrent motif in Rainer's painting and in his prints. This print is one of a series of cross images. Each was printed from the same plate in different states. The first in the series - this image - was printed in black. Rainer subsequently reworked the plate, hatching it more extensively, and then printed a second image in blue. Further frenzied hatching led to cross images printed in red and green respectively. A clue to the meaning of this progressive activity is given in Rainer's statement that 'I tried to break away, but it was impossible ... the truth of the picture only grew as it became darker and darker'.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

P07714 Cross I 1977–80

Drypoint 45 1/4 × 19 1/2 (1150 × 495) on paper 52 3/4 × 24 1/8 (1340 × 613), printed by Karl Imhof, Munich, published by Edition Galerie Heiner Friedrich, Munich
Inscribed ‘A Rainer’ b.r. and ‘32/35’
Purchased from Galerie Heike Curtze, Vienna (Grant-in-Aid) 1982

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Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986