Emil Orlik: Zu Michael Kramer - From the play 'Michael Kramer'
etching in brown and beige, 1904
Plate/Image Size: 14.5 x 21.4 cm - (5¾ x 8½ inches)
Sheet Size: 20 x 29.5 cm - (7¾ x 11½ inches)
signed and dated in pencil and numbered from the edition of only 15 impressions; titled in the plate
with the Orlik studio stamp
Michael Kramer was one of Gerhardt Hauptmann's most successful productions and Orlik was responsible for the stage design, his first work for the theatre
The etching depicts a scene from the play 'Michael Kramer' by Orlik's great friend Gerhardt Hauptmann (1862 - 1946) who gave up his early career as a sculptor to become one of Germany's leading dramatists, known for his plays of social protest, dealing realistically with the conditions of the working class. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1912. Orlik painted and etched many portraits of Hauptmann and scenes from his plays.