Medizin.....Vienna : 1931 Stock Code: 142841
NotesEdition of 500. One of 30 prints from the "Eine Nachlese / Dernière gerbe / An Aftermath" portfolio. "Medizin" was one of 16 original paintings by Klimt which were destroyed on 8 May 1945. The paintings were in storage in the Schloss Immendorf, a 16th century castle in Lower Austria, which was set on fire by a retreating tank division of the German army. Max Eisler (1881-1937), the publisher of this print, was an art historian at Vienna University who published the first Klimt monograph in 1920. He intended the "Eine Nachlass" portfolio to compliment "Das Werk", the only folio set produced in Klimt's lifetime, and overseen by Klimt up to 1913. Fragile collotype plates can not be reused. As such, this necessitates the completion of a run on the first go and also dictates a limited production number. Printed by hand, the collotypes required deft handling by the printer, Osterreichische Staatsdruckerei. A complicated and lengthy process involving gelatin colloids mixed with dichromates, the creation of 16 colour separation thin glass filters to achieve the light-sensitive internegative images which could faithfully capture all of the painting's tonal gradations and colours, exposure to actinic light, and delicate chine colle paper allowing for greater colour saturation.
Collotype in colours with metallic gold on chine colle paper laid down on heavy cream wove paper with untrimmed deckled edges. Image size: 31.4 x 21.2 cm. Sheet size: 48 x 45.5 cm.
Small stain to extreme right edge, hidden by the mount, otherwise in excellent condition. Presented in a handmade gold leaf frame with conservation acrylic glazing.
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