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5 Items in this Learning Collection

Copyright
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Orpheus

Accession Number
1964/2.131

Title
Orpheus

Artist(s)
Hans Erni

Artist Nationality
Swiss

Object Creation Date
1962

Medium & Support
lithograph on paper

Dimensions
20 5/8 in x 29 5/8 in (52.39 cm x 75.25 cm);26 1/16 in x 32 1/16 in (66.2 cm x 81.44 cm);20 1/8 in x 15 in (51.12 cm x 38.1 cm);20 13/16 in x 29 5/8 in (52.86 cm x 75.25 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Kripke

Subject matter
Orpheus is a figure from Greek mythology, known for his exquisite musical talents and shown here cradling a stringed instrument. This print comes from a book of prints by Hans Erni, including images of Bacchus. Hans Erni worked in a variety of mediums throughout his career; his art included paintings, sculptures, lithographs, engravings, etchings, ceramics, and he even designed stamps for Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the United Nations. Early in his career, Erni was inspired by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.

Physical Description
This print shows a standing male nude outlined in black, and colored in pink and tan on a white background. His right leg is bent at the knee and is raised behind him, his foot pointing backwards. He has dark curly hair, and he cradles an instrument against his chest.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
Swiss
males
men (male humans)
modern and contemporary art
mortals
musical instruments
musicians
mythology (literary genre)
nudes
nudes (representations)

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