(1922, executed 1920-21)
Attempting to explain his cycle of prints, The Transformations of God, Barlach wrote, "All that has come into being is simply the Creator in one form or another, his phases, his mirror-image; the moment is simply a transformed fragment of reality." This first print from the series shows these ideas. An omnipotent God, radiating light and power, fills the entire woodcut as he surveys the world that he has just created. The swirling clouds part around his blocky, monumental form, which was inspired by Gothic sculpture.