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Janssen, Horst 11 Radierungen, in: Totentanz....

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German Post War Janssen, Horst 11 etchings, in: Totentanz. 1973/74. Each on different, partly colored papers. Sheet size up to 72.6 x 56.5 cm. All signed, dated and numbered and almost all plate inscribed. Each loose in passepartout. In original cardboard box. - Some very occasional tiny or pale (finger) stains, one sheet very slightly browned and with a few pale white stains, one sheet minimally browned in outermost edges, cassette with slight surface rubbing and pale traces of color in places on the outside, some corners slightly bumped, clean inside. Very good overall. Throughout splendid, burnished and extremely nuanced impressions with clearly defined platemark and margins, partly with scoop margins. Gäßler 26/1-26/11 - Complete set with the corresponding portfolio. - One of 40 copies each. - Printed by Atelier Volker Sammet, Stuttgart, published by Luigi Toninelli, Agno (Switzerland) and Cayman Graphicm George Town (Cayman Islands, British West Indies) 1974 - Between 1972 and 1984 Janssen created numerous series of etchings on the theme of the Dance of Death. The cycles are the culmination of his examination of his own transience, a theme that continually defines his work. Janssen's fascination with the close proximity of death and life, of appearance and decay, is expressed in a highly virtuoso artistic manner. His personal entanglement, partly as the protagonist of the events, is evident in the self-portraits that introduce or accompany almost all the cycles. In our series of prints, Janssen depicts the motif of death and the girl in the form of a balladic narrative that begins with an invitation to dance and culminates in erotic ecstasy. Eleven etchings on different, partly colored papers. Each signed, dated and numbered as well as mostly indicated in the plate. Each loose in mat. In original cardboard box. - Partly very isolated tiny or faint (finger)stain, one print very lightly browned and with a few faint-white stains, one print minimally browned in outermost edges, box on the outside with light surface abrasions and faint color traces in spots, corners partly lightly bumped, inside clean. All in all very good. Throughout superb, burr-like impressions, extremely rich in nuances, with clear platemark and margin, some with deckle edge. - Complete series with corresponding portfolio. - Each one of 40 copies. - Printed by Atelier Volker Sammet, Stuttgart, edited by Luigi Toninelli, Agno (Switzerland) and Cayman Graphicm George Town (Cayman Islands, British West Indies) 1974 - Janssen creates numerous series of etchings on the theme of the Dance of the Death between 1972 and 1984. In these, the confrontation with his own transience, which constantly dominates his work, reaches its climax. Janssen's fascination for the close proximity of death and life, of appearance and decay, is expressed in a highly virtuoso artistic manner. His personal entanglement, he himself a protagonist of most of the events, is evident in his self-portraits that introduce or accompany almost all series. In our prints Janssen depicts the motif of the death with a girl in a ballad-like narrative that begins with an invitation to dance and culminates in an erotic ecstasy.

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