Ex Libris Ernst Klinger.
Ex libris bookplate, coloured etching, 125 x 125mm. 5 x 5".
A charming bookplate, the house of Ernst Klinger (1900 - 1952) framed and reflected in a mirror, a spider on its web crawling across the foreground of the composition. Klinger was a leading member of the 20th Century Munich School. Following his studies at the Münchner Akademie during 1919-1924, Klinger became an adherent of ‘Die Neue Sachlichkeit’ (New Objectivity). This Expressionist movement, founded in Germany in the aftermath of World War I by George Grosz and Otto Dix, combined a realistic style with a cynical and socially critical philosophical stance. Many of Klinger’s New Objectivity works, painted in Paris and Mallorca during 1925-1927, were destroyed during the Second World War. During 1927-1931 Klinger travelled regularly to Positano and Mallorca where he left a few works to survive the destruction of the War. In 1929, Klinger joined the Juryfreien, an organisation banned by the Nationalsozialisten in 1934. In 1939 he moved to New York and gradually progressed to Abstraction. His abstract works from the 1940s and 1950s are lyrical in style and burst with colour. By Luigi Kasimir (1881 - 1962), world renowned Austrian-born etcher and painter, born in 1881 in Pettau, a part of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. Kasimir attended the Vienna Academy of Art where he studied under William Unger, who introduced him to the technique of the colored etching. Kasimir was among the first to develop the technique of the colored etching. Prior to this, prints were usually handcoloured with the colour being applied in a casual, haphazard manner. Kasimir first did a sketch- usually in pastel. He then transferred the design on as many as four to six plates, printing one after the other and applying the colour on the plate, all done by hand. The finished etching is a true original.
Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 10852] £550.00