Arnulf Rainer

The Water is a Naked Box

1950

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

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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