Arnulf Rainer
Waterworld I (The Fallen Rise) 1950–1

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Arnulf Rainer born 1929
Waterworld I (The Fallen Rise)
Wasserwelt I (Die Gestürzten stehen auf)
Date 1950–1
Medium Lithograph on paper
Dimensions Image: 484 x 632 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1989
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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.

September 2004

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