A. R. Penck
Adelbert von Chamisso's Peter Schlemihls wundersame Geschichte, 1993
Hard bound book in slipcase with 9 multicolored full page aquatints and 15 monochromatic etchings by Penck. SIGNED by Penck on the title page with a drawing and SIGNED and numbered by Penck on the colophon. First edition. No. 24 out of an edition of 35. Maximilian Verlag · Sabine Knust, Munich. Condition: light soiling to slipcase, otherwise in as new condition.
14 1/4h x 10 1/4w in / 36.20h x 26.04w cm
Ralf Winkler, alias A. R. Penck, who also used the pseudonyms Mike Hammer, T. M., Mickey Spilane, Theodor Marx, "a. Y." or just "Y" (1939 – 2017) was a German painter, printmaker, sculptor, and jazz drummer. In his paintings and drawings, Penck created "worlds" and "experience spaces", filled with symbolic abbreviations. He used stick figures and graphic icons that seem reminiscent of cave paintings, Asian calligraphy and graffiti art.
Peter Schlemihls wundersame Geschichte (Peter Schlemihl's Miraculous Story) was written by poet and naturalist Adelbert von Chamisso (1781–1838 in the summer of 1813. This artistic fairytale, tells the tale of Peter Schlemihl who sells his shadow to the Devil for a bottomless wallet (the gold sack of Fortunatus), only to find that a man without a shadow is shunned by human societies. The woman he loves rejects him, and he himself becomes consumed with guilt. Yet when the devil wants to return his shadow to him in exchange for his soul, Schlemihl, as the friend of God, rejects the proposal and throws away the bottomless wallet besides. He seeks refuge in nature and travels around the world in scientific exploration, with the aid of seven-league boots. When overtaken with sickness, he is reconciled with his fellow men, who take care of him, and in regard for his sickness do not look for his shadow. Finally, however, he returns to his studies of nature and finds his deepest satisfaction in communion with nature and his own better self.