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Gerhard Marcks (German, 1889–1981)

Owl (Eule) and Birds II (Vögel II) (headpiece and in-text plate, page 14) from Tierfabeln des Aesop (Aesop's Fables)

Author:
Aesop
Date:
(1950, print executed 1949-50)
Medium:
Two from an illustrated book with thirty-five woodcuts (including woodcut cover, title page and ornamental initials)
Dimensions:
composition (owl, irreg.): 2 1/16 x 2 5/16" (5.2 x 5.9 cm); composition (birds, irreg.): 1 1/2 x 5 1/8" (3.8 x 13 cm); page: 13 x 9 1/16" (33 x 23 cm)
Paper:
Cream, smooth, wove.
Publisher:
Grillen-Presse, Hamburg
Printer:
Richard von Sichowsky, Hamburg
Edition:
1st edition: 175 (including 50 on white "Hahnemühle-Bütten," bound in half-parchment; 100 on cream "Hahnemühle-Bütten," unbound in "Bütten" cover [this ex.]; and 25 hors-commerce); 2nd edition, 1980: 700
Credit Line:
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund
Copyright:
© 2016 Gerhard-Marcks-Stiftung, Bremen, Germany
Reference:
Lammek H.484-11 (owl). Lammek H.484-12 (birds).
MoMA Number:
305.1950.7
Themes:
Literary Subjects, Nature
Techniques:
Woodcut

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