Hohlwein German (1874-1949)
|Item: H. 54
|Title: Das Indische Grabmal
A. Original lithograph plate from the "Ludwig Hohlwein" publication,
Printed in Berlin 1926.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing
labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex.
Certificate of Authenticity.
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| Sheet Size:
||8 3/4 in x 11 3/4 in
||22 cm x 30 cm
|Price: $225.00 USD Rare
"Hohlwein's special talent of applying colours is evidenced in the
thrilling design for "The Indian Tomb," an enormously popular action/adventure
movie of it's day. Based on a novel by Thea von Harbau (an ambitious
German writer whose biggest achievement was to marry the renowned
Fritz Lang and collaborate with him on virtually all of his scenarios)
which might have well been subtitled "The Sheik Meets Indiana Jones."
Both the novel and the movie are full of intrigue and treachery in
exotic locations, sizzling romance and dramatic action, capped with
a brave self sacrifice by the beautiful heroine. The poster showcases
the mausoleum commissioned by the Maharajah of Eschnapur as the future
sepulcher for a lovely young dancer taken for his bride and the ominous
tiger from a hunt scene, whose eyes spectacularly share the same golden
hue as the domes background architecture. Rare!" (Rennert,
Leading poster historian Alain Weill comments that "Hohlwein was the
most prolific and brilliant German posterist of the 20th century...Beginning
with his first efforts, Hohlwein found his style with disconcerting
facility. It would vary little for the next forty years. The drawing
was perfect from the start, nothing seemed alien to him, and in any
case, nothing posed a problem for him. His figures are full of touches
of color and a play of light and shade that brings them out of their
background and gives them substance "(Weill)
Self-taught as a graphic designer, he was greatly influenced by the
brilliant work of Beggarstaff.
"His special way of applying colors, letting them dry at different
times, and printing one on top of the other, producing modulations
of shading, has often been copied, but never equaled. He belonged
to no school or group, his art and personality are an unprecedented
phenomenon in the history of German poster art" (Rademacher, p. 22).