Willi Geiger

Venus Perversa,

etching with aquatint,



Willi Geiger (Landshut 1878-1971 Munich)

Venus Perversa


etching with aquatint in brown-black on cardboard

rare proof impression

12,8 x 22,5 cm (plate); 17 x 29 cm (sheet)

initialed in pencil lower right: "G."

inscribed in pencil lower left: "1.P.D." (1 Probe Druck) [1st proof impression]

Brilliant, wonderfully toned hand print, verso with traces of rubbing from the printing process.

Proof impression of Plate 7 of Geiger's 10-plate portfolio illustrating Richard Dehmel's poetry collection Die Verwandlungen der Venus. Dehmel's poem "Venus Perversa," written in 1893, inclludes the passage: "Only you, only you: I love your glances ... and your faithful hands. ... Yes, delight me with your frenzies!"

The Daulton Collection owns the entire 10-plate portfolio, Die Verwandlungen der Venus, as published, two plates shown below:

Willi Geiger (German, 1877-1951)

Die Verwandlungen der Venus 

portfolio of ten plates, one shown above, plus three sheets with title, contents, and text by Richard Dehmel

1909, Verlag Bischoff und Höfle, München

etchings and aquatint in brown on cardboard (title, contents, and text on laid paper) in silk-covered portfolio

59 x 48 cm (portfolio)

The Daulton Collection

contents: Venus Anadyomene, Venus Primitiva, Venus Pandermos, Venus Socia, Venus Mater, Venus Mamma, Venus Perversa, Venus Mystica, Venus Mors, and Venus Heroica.

from a total edition of 150 

In 1907, author Richard Dehmel had compiled thirty of his erotic poems and published them, to great controversy, under the title Die Verwandlungen der Venus [The Transformations (or Metamorphoses) of Venus].  Geiger illustrates ten of these poems in this portfolio of 1909.


another plate, "Venus Mors," from the portfolio Die Verwandlungen der Venus:

Willi Geiger (German, 1877-1951)

"Venus Mors"

from the portfolio Die Verwandlungen der Venus 


etching and aquatint in brown 

25 x 21 cm (plate)

The Daulton Collection



Jack Daulton

The Daulton Collection

Los Altos Hills, California