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.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Bernhard Kretzschmar

A critique of society earned
printmaker Bernhard Kretzschmar the label of "Degenerate"

Butchershop (Im Fleischerladen)
drypoint and aquatint on JW Zanders ivory laid paper

Bernhard Kretzschmar
Der Tod des Sekretärs
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25 comments:

Bec★ said...

i like the dimensional elements in his works. i googled him in attempt to find more images and found a few brief galleries in german. :)

Caitlin said...

i like the range of values in the second print

Erin #3 said...

..as caitilin said - i really liked how he used such an array of values in his second piece ... i also really liked the view out the window if you look really close in his second print ... both prints gave me that uneasy feeling about them ... didn't dislike them .. just didn't love them ... i will have to google him as bec did to see if there are others that i enjoy ... happy day!

Christine said...

The way he convays space is very interesting. I find it difficult to express perspective on a 2D plane. This is definately a strength of his.

libbyhansen said...

The first print leaves me slightly claustrophobic, but then the second one redeems that with his use of perspective. I find the detail and delicate sketch quality of the prints fantastic (knick-knacks on the dresser!). I also can almost read a story in each person's face and expression. Degenerate, hardly.

Trin said...

I love his quality of aquatint and use of shadow within his prints. The reflections in the windows of the second print is rather cool, too! :0)

lachness said...

I agree with the sense of depth he has created in Der Tod des Sekretärs, something I need to work on in my own prints. I also appreciate that he is "brutally honest". A charaterstic I also wish I had sometimes.

DaniL said...

I heart german expressionists =) These prints are really striking, and I'm sad that I couldn't find more of his stuff online. i too put him in the ol' google machine and found a couple of images, but no full galleries or anything. The blending of drypoint and aquatint makes for interesting effects, and I love how the images are kind of disturbing and have a lot going on in them.

ooh, i just remembered that we have a theme day tomorrow. Favorite artist! This will be a toughie...

Meagan said...

I agree with Libby with how the faces of the people almost tell you a story, they definitely show us how hard their lives were. I find the prints a little depressing but they say a lot.

Liv Radke said...

I was very impressed by the quality of line. The detail in the bed, blew me away, and also in the "Meat Shop" english trans of name incase you couldn't figure that out from all the meat and dead animals, the lines and detail in the counter was exquisite. Kretzschmar is good at what he does. I hope to see more!

ps I have no idea how to dress for the theme day!!!

carly d said...

ok so as you all know printmaking is a new media for me, and for many of you as well. it's so incredibly different than anything i have done before, mainly based on the subject matter. Printmaking is a fine art is it not? However the imagery and subject matter are more about expressing an idea than anything else. it seems that printmakers do not attempt to create beautiful imagery in a sense of "fine arts" like painting, which i am more familiar. All i have to say is printmakers rock! It's so refreshing compared to painting. ahhh.

ok but onto these prints, enough rambles. alot of the issues others mentioned such as space and depth are conveyed well despite the cartoon-like figures and interiors.

cheers to making art, for the sake of expression! Not for making beautiful photorealism paintings!

alright, ill stop.

Anonymous said...

His art is very unique. I liked it in ways that it was very honest, I tried googling him too and there wasnt many that i could find. But i did find one with a girl looking to the side in a dress/jumper that i really liked. It had very intricate detail and his technique with conveying the image was wonderful.

DaniL said...

I just want to give kudos to the babies-you all had some fucking awesome prints up today =)

Sarah said...

These prints are especially strong for me because of the expression and stories of the subject matter as well as objective qualities such as the range of values, sense of space and line quality.


Who said expressive works can't also be beautiful?

Sarah said...

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I have a blog:


http://goodtoevil.blogspot.com/

mao said...

It must take a lot of time and patient to put in that much details with dry point and aquatint. I would go insane trying to do that. I am amaze at the small details such the building details that are seen out the window. Even though there isn't as much values in the "butchershop" I still like it.

amber said...

I love the values and sense of depth in the second print! nice stuff. what creepy skeletal figures!!! perfect for the season :)

DaniL said...

I stumbled upon this website by accident-happy accident! Check it out, it's pretty funny. The medium is barbie dolls...

http://www.tomforsythe.com

Hobo Jeff said...

I like how raw and uncompromising Bernhard's prints are with their subject matter. He wasn't afraid to make prints that challenged society's values and made people feel uncomfortable.

One of the great things about prints like these are that they offer us perspectives that would have been unacceptable in books and newspapers. And even in a different culture and time period, they are still easily understood and appreciated.

erin said...

I can't believe that is dry-point! wow...that takes a lot of control. I really like the amount of darks he gets. I alos like how he reall gets his lookers to feel a certain way. I'm not exactly sure what the word is to describe how I feel about his work, but it is definately something different than when I look at other artists' work.

Heather Lynn said...

The first print is interesting because one really has to look at it to understand all the animal slaughtering going on.

Reminds me of butchers in Espana....lots of pig legs, and heads, even hanging bunnies and pigeons.......grossss

Nels said...

Another artist with an interesting hand. If what he does is what it takes to be considered a degenerate - I'm there!

No Name said...

slightly disturbing stories can certainly make for some of the more intriguing pieces of work. the definition of space and value is incredible.

Kylie said...

very intriguing and kinda creepy. reminds me of halloween. i think its interesting in the second piece how he handles space...the room/buildings are very dimensional but yet the figures seem kind of flat...like paper cut outs. interesting

Hiccup said...

Yeah, something about the second piece is off... in a good way. Perhaps it is the perspective that is off-beat? It is a bit creepy, but I like it. Also, like Caitlin said the use of value is really effective.