At the beginning of the discovery of the self-portrait, Arnulf Rainer presented his face painted with bold black lines to the public in 1967. Initially as an extension of the canvas, automaton photos become another major theme of his work in 1968 and 1969. Face Farces is the title he gives to these „soliloquies in front of the camera“, which are soon taken not only in photo booths but mainly by the photographer Alexander Prinzjakowitsch. The need to externalise a certain expression, a certain inner tension, leads Rainer in his performative self-expressions to pictures that on the one hand stand for themselves, but on the other hand become the starting point for new works through the confrontation with their contents. Especially at the climax of his overpaintings, he succeeds in reinventing his painting in self-portraits and body poses. His reaction to painting now becomes perceptible in a different way in these representations based on photographic models, yet despite all the overpainting, scratching, finger painting and filling in, a more or less interpretable „model“ remains. Painting is now measured against the photographic image and the expression of the original picture. (Dr. Antonia Hoerschelmann, Albertina Vienna)
photo etching on zinc, dry point etching revised, printed by hand on Zerkall handmade paper
print with passepartout 68 x 50 cm, plate size 40 x 30.5 cm
numbered and signed on the front
The edition was exclusively produced by Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman in collaboration with Arnulf Rainer in 2004. The buyer will receive the next available edition number.
2009/10 Arnulf Rainer. Werke auf Papier 1970–2009 Stadtmuseum Bruneck (IT) 2017 EDITIONS Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman Vienna 2018 SPECIAL ART SHOP Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman Vienna 2019 SPECIAL ART SHOP Portraits Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman Vienna
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