Arnulf Rainer

The Water is a Naked Box

1950

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Arnulf Rainer born 1929
Original title
Das Wasser eine nackte Schachtel
Medium
Lithograph on paper
Dimensions
Image: 487 x 327 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1989
Reference
P77274

Display caption

As a young man, Rainer became fascinated with Surrealist art, and the depiction of fantastical landscapes. Many of his early works were densely-worked, obsessively detailed portrayals of imaginary worlds. In this lithograph, recognisably human figures appear alongside disembodied eyes and more abstracted biomorphic shapes to create a claustrophobic, nightmarish quality

Gallery label, August 2004

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