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catalogue number: hdv 1997.052
date created: 1997
classification: editions & publications
work type earth rubbing series
medium: hand-labeled case containing 10 sheets of paper of which 1 sheet with on the front title, artist, edition and editor (graphite pencil) and on the reverse a list of the geographical origins of the earth/soil samples: allt gleann udalain (Scotland) - UK, Pfaffenreuth - D, Niederwald (Wallis) - CH, Cournille, Massif du Luberon and Romont (Jura) - France, Alinda, Parthenis (Arthemis temple) and Plefouti on Leros - Greece + 1 sheet of Japanese paper with text 'green earth / green earth? / green? / green / green earth / - or/what', followed by 9 sheets with samples of (more or less) green earth pigments; on the reverse the number corresponding with the list of origins; gray cardboard case with title, artist and editor in black ink
dimensions: each sheet 22.9 × 17.4 cm
case 25.7 × 19.2 × 1.5 cm
signature and inscriptions: signed and numbered on the cover page (graphite pencil)
edition: edition lydia megert / montreuil/paris / 1997
edition 11, numbered 1/11 - 11/11
current repository:
[2/11] collection Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede
[3/11] collection Bayrische Staatsbibliothek, Munich
[6/11] collection herman and susanne de vries
[8/11] private collection
[11/11] collection Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
[*/11] collection Museum Pfalzgalerie, Kaiserslautern
[*/11] collection Lenz Schönberg, Söll
current repository number: [2/11] rep. number 6013
[3/11] 4 L.sel.I 3783-1/7
[11/11] 1998.1.0031 + supplements
collecting history:
related works: in 2005 'green?' became part of the 'library of earth colours'
comment: in 2000 a new sheet was added to the series as 'supplement I. green? collected: hermigua/la gomeras', in cover with handwritten title, artist and editor (graphite pencil) and in 2002 another sheet was added as 'supplement II. green? origin: north cyprus', in cover with handwritten title, artist and editor (graphite pencil)
photo/scan: l-cs
rights & reproduction: herman de vries
exhibition history
1997 'herman de vries. from earth - von der erde', Städtische Galerie am Markt, Schwäbisch Hall
2000 'herman de vries. hunderte von erden', Pfalzgalerie, Kaiserslautern [with Helmut Dirnaichner]
published references
exhibition catalogue "Geformte Materie" Arbeiten von Helmut Dirnaichner - "Hunderte von Erden" Erdausreibungen von Herman de Vries aus dem Bestand der Pfalzgalerie parallel zur Landesgartenschau 2000 in Kaiserslautern (Pfalzgalerie : Kaiserslautern 2000) iamges repr. (leporello).
catalogue raisonné herman de vries. les livres et les publications : catalogue raisonné / textes de herman de vries, Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, Didier Mathieu (Centre des livres d'artistes : Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche 2005) no image repr., 198 (catalogue number 83).