barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

Arthur Illies (1870-1952)

Ripe Cornfield: Evening (Ahrenfeld am Abend)

Hamburg, 1896

Etching on zinc

18.5 x 14.5 cm


A fine impression on wove paper as issued in Pan in an edition of 1,600.

This extraordinary colour etching is the product of deep biting a zinc plate and of one printing only. The colours are applied “à la poupée”. Illies, a Hamburg artist, became frustrated by printing in colour with more than one plate developed his own technique of deep etching in order to isolate colour fields. His work was catalogued by a lawyer called Gustav Schiefler who would late catalogue the works of Nolde, Kirchner and Munch.

Purchased 2000 (No. 2000.5)

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