Arnulf Rainer

Waterworld I (The Fallen Rise)

1950–1

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

Artist
Arnulf Rainer born 1929
Original title
Wasserwelt I (Die Gestürzten stehen auf)
Medium
Lithograph on paper
Dimensions
Image: 484 x 632 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1989
Reference
P77275

Display caption

A largely self-taught artist, Rainer's earliest works were influenced by Surrealism, and frequently suggest fantastical landscapes. Many of them depict undersea worlds. This lithograph teems with abstracted, biomorphic figures that resemble microscopic organisms. A number of artists at this time were drawing inspiration from magnified photographs of plant or cell life to create works that blurred the distinction between abstraction and representation.

Gallery label, September 2004