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Die Wehr (The Resistance), from Die Siebenhardenbeliebung series

European Art
Defense

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Die Wehr (The Resistance), from Die Siebenhardenbeliebung series

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Hans Grohs
German, 1892–1981

Date

1921–1922

Medium

Woodcut print

Accession #

2005.332.5

Dimensions

11 9/16 x 16 5/16 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Defense

The North Frisian law code asserted the right to take up arms in defense of the region. As seen in Grohs’s print, such a defense force would have been a flotilla. This is one of Grohs’s most beautiful print compositions. The repeated shapes of ships and sails create a strong rhythmic dynamic and, for all their realism, an almost abstract decorative pattern.

Credit

Gift of Nelson Brackin

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