Otto Griebel - Ja exzentric muss man sein! (Gästebuchblatt für Fritz Glaser)
Ja exzentric muss man sein! (Gästebuchblatt für Fritz Glaser)
Pencil and colour crayon drawing, collaged with a stamp and additions in ink, on heavy chamois-coloured wove paper 43.3 x 34.4 cm Framed under glass. Signed 'Griebel' in pencil lower right and dated 'Europa, den 13 XI. 1921/ nach Christus'. Inscribed in the description and added in red pen i.a. 'VOILA C'EST OTTO GRIEBEL'. - Apart from some minimal marginal compressions and creasing marks in fine condition; slightly evenly browned.
Otto Griebel's explicit caricatures - which he created for the guest books of Fritz Glaser and also, in more moderate form, for other friends and collectors - have become famous. In the 1920s the Dresden lawyer Dr Fritz Salo Glaser (1876-1956) gathered an impressive collection of Expressionist art and supported the Dresden artists Otto Dix and Otto Griebel, who frequently enjoyed the hospitality of his home. In richly detailed drawings which incorporate satirical texts and are sometimes coloured in or provided with collaged elements, Griebel immortalised his anarchical sense of humour. “In the guest books popular at that time, Griebel had the chance to show his gratitude for invitations and could let loose with his humorous fantasy, which became exuberant in company. […] In his decidedly humorous drawings, Griebel often adopted formal elements from the compositions of his 'Zeitbilder' as well as the interweaving of image and text established in those works. Particularly in the sheets for Fritz Glaser, most of which were probably created in the company of and sometimes also in collaboration with other artists, Griebel seems to have spontaneously taken up themes from the conversations going on at the moment.” (Johannes Schmidt, in: Otto Griebel: Verzeichnis seiner Werke, Bielefeld 2017, pp. 53 f.).
Schmidt B 58
Dr. Fritz Glaser, Dresden. estate; R.N. Ketterer, Stuttgarrt (after 1956); Art trade Munich; Galerie Remmert und Barth, Düsseldorf (late 1980s); Private possession, North Rhine-Westphalia
Gisbert Porstmann/ Johannes Schmidt (ed.), Otto Griebel. Verzeichnis seiner Werke, Bielefeld 2017, p. 128 with colour illus. and with full-page colour illus. p. 52
Düsseldorf 1990 (Galerie Remmert und Barth), 10 Jahre Remmert und Barth. 1980 -1990. Ausgewählte Werke, p. 119 cat. no. 69 with colour illus.; Düsseldorf 2003 (Galerie Remmert und Barth), Mädchenzopf droht dem großen Bären, DADA oder nicht DADA, cat. no. 17 with colour illus.; Paris 2005/2006 (Centre Pompidou), DADA, cat. no. 269 with colour illus 4, p. 296