Willi Geiger

Venus Perversa,

etching with aquatint,

1909

 

Willi Geiger (Landshut 1878-1971 Munich)

Venus Perversa

1909

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, one plate 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 of Venus].  Geiger illustrates ten of these poems in this portfolio of 1909.

 

 

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