Das Tor, Ribnitz (Town Gate, Ribnitz)



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1912, Woodcut.

Prasse W10, I. One of only 5 proof impressions on yellow tissue; before the crack in the block; before the only published trade edition (on ordinary wove paper) in the periodical Neue Blatter fur Kunst und Dichtung, Dresden, October, 1919.

Signed in pencil and annotated 1807, the artistís inventory number.

Image size 5 11/16 x 5 1/2 inches (144 x 140 mm); sheet size: 8 7/8 x 7 inches (225 x 178 mm).

A fine, black impression, on thin yellow tissue. Light toning within previous mat openings, 5/16 to 7/8 inch away from the image; the sheet edges irregularly torn (as shown), otherwise in good condition. Very scarce in this state.

In 1911 Feininger depicted this subject in an etching, Das Tor (The Gate), just after a brief visit to Paris where he had seen cubist paintings for the first time. At this point he adopted a system of dislocated planar surfaces, his own cubist idiom, and stayed with this style for the rest of his career.† In this smaller woodcut version of Das Tor he applies a more abstract, structural approach to this† Gothic structure.

The Gate is the Town Gate of Ribnitz; Ribnitz is on the Baltic coast in Mecklenburg, northeast of Rostock, in a region where Feininger often spent his summers.

Other examples of this print can be found in: Dresden (trade); MOMA (proof); Princeton PUL (trade); Saarbrucken (proof II).