HORST JANSSEN RETROSPECTIVE, INSCRIBED WITH AN ORIGINAL FULL-PAGE DRAWING
JANSSEN, Horst. Horst Janssen: Drawings 1979-1983; Etchings 1970-1983. Hamburg: Galerie Brockstedt, (1983). Oblong octavo, original pictorial stiff wrappers. $1150.
First edition exhibition catalogue, with 176 full-page images and eight essays by Janssen, inscribed by Janssen: “For Dorothy Herza, fr HJ, 14.12.84, per Eve Maria Worthington [surmounted by a large architectural pen-and-ink drawing].”
Janssen is regarded as one of the major as well as most prolific German graphic artists of the 20th century. “His art exists outside the limits imposed by this century’s avant-garde art movements… In looking at Horst Janssen’s drawings ultimately we see ourselves exquisitely mirrored” (Reinhold Heller). “His preferred subjects for etchings include both landscapes, which he combines with plant and animal structures, and his own facial features (his self-portraits brought him early renown outside of Germany). Janssen also returns to the works of other artists again and again (Hokusai, Ensor, Klinger, Dubuffet), borrowing their motifs, either in the form of copies or by making these motifs uniquely his own by means of free variation… Nonetheless, the snare of imitation is avoided.”
Front cover lightly rubbed. An about-fine copy.