The Prisoner (Der Gefangene)
On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
Made in the aftermath of World War I, this woodcut of a man behind bars, perhaps a prisoner of war, evokes physical and psychic trauma. Christian Rohlfs’s bold, jagged lines emphasize the man’s emaciated body and the force with which he grips the bars.
Rohlfs died one year after the infamous Degenerate Art exhibition in Munich, in which modern works, including his own, were exhibited by the Nazis to defame and mock the art and artists.
Woodcut with watercolor (hand-coloring) on wove paper
image: 25 × 19 3/4 in. (63.5 × 50.2 cm)
sheet: 26 3/8 × 22 1/4 in. (67 × 56.5 cm) (show scale)
Signed, "Chr. Rohlfs" lower right in pencil
Carll H. de Silver Fund
Christian Rohlfs (German, 1849-1939). The Prisoner (Der Gefangene), 1918. Woodcut with watercolor (hand-coloring) on wove paper, image: 25 × 19 3/4 in. (63.5 × 50.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Carll H. de Silver Fund, 65.161 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 65.161_acetate_bw.jpg)
overall, 65.161_acetate_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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