The epic tale of the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse Printmaking Program. The Printmaking program is directed by Joel Elgin and features the odd collection of the many PrintFools who enroll, print and exist from semester to semester in the Shop of Tears.

Saturday, October 14, 2017


We have looked at printmakers who attempted to change politics. Beware of politics that change printmakers.

Lets go back to the 1937 Entartete Kunst ("Degenerate Art") exhibition in Munich.

Look at Emile Nolde. 27 of his works were included.

The Nazis issued a Malverbot (look that up for this week’s class)

But wait – read this...

“What is interesting about Nolde's biography is that the painter, although persecuted by the Nazis and even deprived of his livlihood as an artist, was loyal to the Nazi cause to the bitter end.  His troubles, he claimed were based on a "misunderstanding" and Hitler was simply misled by those around him in rejecting Nolde's art.”

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Frau N (Frau Ada Nolde)



23.1 x 18.4 cm Signed


etching ; 1911 ; 27 x 30 cm ; 10 2/3 x 11 3/4 "

Signed and titled

Der Tod als Tänzerin

etching ; 1918 ; 21 x 27 cm ; 8 1/4 x 10 2/3 "

Junger Fürst und Tänzerinnen

etching ; 1918 ; 26 x 22 cm ; 10 1/4 x 8 2/3 "

Candle Dancers (Kerzentänzerinnen) (1917)


composition: 12 x 9 1/4" (30.5 x 23.5 cm);

Nolde painted hundreds of small watercolors in the seclusion of his own home in Seebll. He gave most of them to friends to protect himself and his art from Gestapo raids. These small paintings were ''unpainted'' in the sense that they did not officially exist and were not supposed to exist.

Nolde, Animal and Woman. 1931-1935

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

Jeanne Mammen

"I have always wanted to be just a pair of eyes, walking through the world unseen, only to be able to see others. Unfortunately one was seen." (Jeanne Mammen)

A new hero for you.

Jeanne Mammen (1890-1976), produced prints, drawings, paintings  and graphic illustrations in Germany in the 1920s and 1930.

 1930, Nutten, Lithograph. Jeanne Mammen

Her prints and illustrations particularly offended the Nazis.

‘”For lesbian and other feminist magazines published in the free environment of 1920s Berlin, Jeanne Mammen created numerous illustrations of the women’s club “scene,” which prominently featured lesbian sex workers.” –

Beim Schminken (To Put One 1930-32
Lithograph printed in light pink and green
40.9 x 30.8cm

“In the spring of 1933, the Nazi press labeled Mammen’s artwork as “Jewish” and banned publication of her series of eight lithographs illustrating Peter Louys’ “Les Chansons de Bilitis,” an exploration of lesbian love.”

Die Wahl (The Choice) 1930-32
lithograph printed in light green and pink
44.4 x 34.6cm

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And get the popcorn to soak up the Oktoberfest beer in your sad sore bellies, cause I’ve found a video filled with her images just for you:

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The “Degenerate Art” exhibition!

PrintFools – off you go to witness the The “Degenerate Art” exhibition!

To “improve” national culture in Germany Hitler introduced a new cultural program at the 6th Nazi Party Congress, that rejected avant-garde art.

Hitler, Goebbels and Ziegler's denounced rejected avant-garde, modern art as "the monstrous offspring of insanity, impudence, ineptitude, and sheer degeneracy."

They authorized a commission to steal modern, degenerate or subversive art from museums and art collections throughout the Reich.

To mock the stolen art, some was exhibited in the “Degenerate Art” exhibition.

Adolf Hitler and Adolf Ziegler inspect the installation by Willrich and Hansen of the Degenerate Art Exhibition in Munich, 1937

The exhibition displayed 730 pictures, sculpture, graphic works and books by 112 German artists from 32 German museums. It opened in Munich on July 19, 1937, and lasted until November 30, after which it went on a two-year tour of eleven German and Austrian cities.

Works had been selected for display in accordance with the following principles:

  1. Deliberate distortion of nature (E.L. Kirchner, O. Dix, W. Morgner),
  2. Derision of religion (E. Nolde, P. Klee),
  3. Bolshevist and anarchist implications (G. Grosz),
  4. Political indoctrination, including propaganda of Marxism and anti-war sabotage (J. Heartfield, O. Dix),
  5. Moral depravity and interest in prostitution under the guise of social criticism (O. Dix, E.L. Kirchner),
  6. Loss of national (racial) consciousness and interest in the exotics of primitive peoples (Die Brücke artists),
  7. Idiots, morons and paralytics presented as the human ideal (O. Kokoschka, Die Brücke artists),
  8. The desire to depict only Jewish nature (L. Meidner, O. Freundlich),
  9. Absence of common sense due to sickly imagination (J. Molzahn, W. Baumeister, K. Schwitters).

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This week we meet that “deliberate distorter of nature”, Otto Dix:

Wounded soldier - Autumn 1916, Bapaume
Otto Dix
Der Krieg; #6

Night-time encounter with a madman
Otto Dix
Der Krieg; #22

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 And BabyPrintmakers - meet Jacques Callot:

Jacques Callot

French, 1592-1635
Judith with the Head of Holofernes, n.d. Drypoint

Jacques Callot
French, 1592-1635
The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, n.d.

Jacques Callot
(French, 1592-1635) The Resurrection of Lazarus, from The New Testament, 1635 Etching 

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Leopoldo Méndez and Bob Mallary


Our search continues for more printmakers who could not stand for evil. We go to Mexico to examine the:

1943-44: The Black Book of Nazi-Terror in Europe

Leopoldo Méndez, Mexican, 1903–1969

The Gestapo: Murder Incorporated



Bob Mallary,
Nazi 'New Order.'

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Friday, September 08, 2017

More War for the PrintFools

Week two brings us more Nazi Fighting, sharp things for babies, terrible infants for adolescents, COLOR for big kids and DANGER for the biggest.

As promised, we begin with our war against Nazi's by bringing you examples of printmakers who print to resist.

Picasso's Sueno y Mentira de Franco (Dream and Lie of Franco)

Etching and aquatint on mounted imperial Japan paper (Sheet 1)

Etching and aquatint on mounted imperial Japan paper (Sheet 2)

Picasso's poetry describes: ...cries of children cries of women cries of birds cries of flowers cries of timbers and of stones cries of bricks cries of furniture of beds of chains of curtains of pots and of papers cries of odors which claw at one another cries of smoke pricking the shoulder of cries...

  Pablo Picasso responded to the Spanish Civil War outbreak in 1936 by producing a portfolio of etchings, Sueño y Mentira de Franco (The dream and lie of Franco), directed at General Francisco Franco, leader of the nazi-backed nationalist forces. The portfolio consists of a poem by the artist and eighteen etched images printed on two large sheets of paper. Picasso had intended that the small images be cut into postcards to be sold at the Spanish Pavilion during the 1937 World's Fair in Paris in support of the fight against Franco.

Now go here:

from, Pressed for Time: History of Printmaking.

 Food For Babies!

The earliest European pictorial block prints were religious souvenirs known today as "helgen". Think about "helgen" for awhile and even more printmagic will be revealed.

Ok - look to the East and you will find:

Diamond Sutra. Cave 17, Dunhuang, ink on paper
British Library Or.8210/P.2 AD 868.

  Food For Ado's!

A little history on Litho...
 The Father of all Litho Heads:
If you are a dedicated Litho Head you will read this:
If you arent you are an...
Paul Gavarni (1804-1866), Enfant Terrible, 1833. Lithograph.

  Food For BigKids!

Woodcutting printmaker Bridget Henry demonstrates:
The Reduction Woodcut:

Malaquias Montoya -
Mujer zapatista/Zapatista Woman
1998| Lithograph

  Food For The BiggestBaddestKids!

Drawing 1982
Chalk on paper!/about-haring/to-new-york#.WbL5HoqQyHs

Don't forget to write your comment in your NaziFighting notebook.

Friday, September 01, 2017

The Print Fools return, shaking with fear

 The Print Fools Return!
Shaking, unnerved by the events of summer. 

The dancing mania by Hendrik Hondius, after Pieter Brueghel

Clearly a "mass psychogenic illness triggered by fear..."

Dance of Saint Guy by Pieter Brueghel.

Similar to an event in "1374, on the streets of Aachen, Germany, where people started dancing involuntarily. They moved frantically until near the point of total exhaustion. Within weeks this strange compulsion spread to the Netherlands and north-east of France. Hundreds of people uncontrollably jumped, leapt and twitched for days...   But they were obviously suffering from physical pain, too, as well as having horrible visions and sometimes asking for help and praying. Often, they barely ate or slept and sometimes they were not even conscious of what was happening to them..."

And a question for your Fools:

Would you rather be shanked in the guts with a drypoint needle or a litho crayon?

Das Duell
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de:
1824–182 lithograph

 The Intaglio VS Litho DUEL begins!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Paul Nash

Want a job after graduation PrintFools? You are well trained to be "war artists". And certainly the conditions are right. Discover Paul Nash before you rush to enlist...

Paul Nash: ‘I am no longer an artist, I am a messenger to those who want the war to go on for ever… and may it burn their lousy souls’

Paul Nash, Poster for The Void of War exhibition, May 1918

Paul Nash (1889-1946) Shell Bursting, Paschendeale

Paul Nash (1889-1946) German Double Pill Box, Gheluvelt

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Ready for the Mississippi SteamRoll 2017?

Some details!