Tuesday, 1 February 2011
LH Jungnickel: 2 new animal prints
I recently came across two prints by Jungnickel that were new to me and quite a surprise. The colour woodcut of the pair of greyhounds below is in restrained black and olive only but he used an unusual and subtle monochrome for the Macaque monkeys. There is another image of Macaques in the post on his colour woodcuts but this one employs a technique I don't have a word for. The term used in German is Schablonenspritztechnik. Google translation left me none the wiser so I would be grateful if German-speaking readers let us know exactly what this wonderful artist of ours is doing here. I've also included a drawing of a monkey so readers can see how carefully he studied the animals he used as models for his prints. They will also note the differences in style. He has been especially selective for the Macaque print.
What I like about these prints is that Jungnickel doesn't try too hard. The depiction of the greyhounds' legs is spare enough to suggest their strength but the wanton approach of Bresslern Roth is absent. She is more stylish, certainly, but he always concentrates our attention on the animals themselves. The second print dates from 1912 so it comes towards the end of the series of colour woodcuts he made.