View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
- Original title
- Wasserwelt I (Die Gestürzten stehen auf)
- Lithograph on paper
- Image: 484 x 632 mm
- Purchased 1989
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