Germaine Richier

Beetles

1948–51, published 1961

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

Original title
Scarabées
Medium
Etching and aquatint on paper
Dimensions
Image: 248 x 198 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Mme Françoise Guiter 1990
Reference
P11282

Display caption

Germaine Richier made these individual prints at the height of her career as a sculptor in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Like her sculptures, they reflect the same preoccupations with animals and plants, but also hybrid creatures, seen in The Hydra. Subject to careful scrutiny and recording, they suggest a world below the surface of normal experience,
that is fascinating and sometimes sinister.

Gallery label, March 2007