Arnulf Rainer born 1929
P77072 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe1982 from 'Death Masks'
Drypoint and heliogravure 292 x 245 (11 1/2 x 9 5/8) on buff paper 648 x 540 (25 1/2 x 21 1/4); printed by Max Dunkes, Munich, published by Maximilian Verlag Sabine Knust, Munich in an edition of 35
Inscribed 'A. Rainer' b.r. and '28/35' b.l.
Purchased from Galerie Sabine Knust (Grant-in-Aid) 1984
Lit:Arnulf Rainer: Totenmasken 1978, exh.cat., Österreichische Galerie, Vienna, 1978; Arnulf Rainer: Tod - Death, Galerie Ulysses, Vienna, 1979; Arnulf Rainer, Totenmasken: Sechs Radierungen, Maximilian Verlag Sabine Knust, Munich, 1982, [p.11] (6, repr.); Arnulf Rainer: Totenmasken, with texts by Werner Hofmann and Arnulf Rainer, Salzburg and Vienna, 1985
This death mask drypoint is the sixth and last of the series. Each drypoint is based upon photographic reproductions of heliogravure images of deathmasks of some of the pre-eminent cultural personalities of the German-speaking world. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was one of the greatest writers, philosophers and poets of his time. With the exception of one death mask, entitled 'Anonymous' (the fifth in the series), the other figures represented are the Swiss writer Gottfried Keller (1859-1890; 1, repr., Munich 1982), Karl Schönherr, the Austrian playwright (1867-1943; 2, repr…