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  • 1998-00-00-050a
  • 1998-00-00-050b
  • 1998-00-00-050c

red! / rouge! from red earth / de la terre rouge

catalogue number: hdv 1998.052.
date created: 1998
classification: editions & publications
work type earth rubbing series
medium: hand-labeled case containing 12 sheets of paper of which 1 sheet with on the front title, artist, edition and editor in handwritten graphite pencil and on the reverse a list of the geographical origins of the earth samples + 1 sheet of Japanese paper with the word 'red' translated in 6 languages (German, French, Spanish, Arabic, Danish and Greek), followed by 10 sheets with samples of red earth pigments from Pfaffenreuth (Stiftland), Alcora - Spain, Solignac, Masif Central - France, Montaña Colourada on El Hierro and at a weird place (lomo loco) and at the Laguna Grande on La Gomera (Canary Islands) - Spain, Cap Bon - Tunesia, Wadi Rum - Jordan, Jutland - Denmark and Katsouni on Leros - Greece; gray cardboard case with title, artist and editor printed on label (black ink)
dimensions: each sheet 28.4 × 22.4 cm
case 31.1 × 24.3 × 1.8 cm
signature and inscriptions: signed and numbered on the cover page (graphite pencil)
on the reverse the number corresponding with the list of origins (graphite pencil)
edition: éditions lydia megert. montreuil/paris 1998
edition 17, numbered 1/17 - 17/17
current repository: [?/17] collection Museum Pfalzgalerie, Kaiserslautern
[5/17] collection Bayrische Staatsbibliothek, Munich (rep. number 4 L.sel.I 3783-1/7)
[9/17] private collection ('Kunst des 19. bis 21. Jahrhunderts', Galerie Kornfeld Bern, 16 September 2021 (lot 730))
[15/17] collection herman and susanne de vries
[16/17] collection Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (rep. number 2003.6.0049)
current repository number:
collecting history:
related works: in 2005 'red! / rouge! from red earth / de la terre rouge' became part of the 'library of earth colours'
comment: list origins of the earth samples: 1. pfaffenreuth, stiftland, germany | 2. alcora, spain | 3. solignac, massif central, france | 4. montaña colourada, el hierro, canaries | 5. lomo loco, la gomera, canaries | 6. cap bon, tunesia | 7. wadi rum, jordania | 8. jutland, denmark | 9. laguna grande, la gomera,canaries | 10. katsouni, leros, greece
rights & reproduction: herman de vries
exhibition history
2000 'herman de vries. hunderte von erden', Pfalzgalerie, Kaiserslautern [with Helmut Dirnaichner]
2003 'Seeing Red Part II. Contemporary Nonobjective Painting', Hunter College, New York [group]
2022 'Vom Zauber der Handbewegung. Eine Geschichte der Zeichnung im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert, Museum Pfalzgalerie, Kaiserslautern [group]
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).
exhibition catalogue Seeing Red. On nonobjective paiting and colour theory (Salon Verlag : Cologne 2004) image repr. on page 66, 237.
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., 199 (catalogue number 85).
collection catalogue Vom Zauber der Handbewegung Eine Geschichte der Zeichnung im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert. Bestandskataloge der Graphischen Sammlung XVI (Deutscher Kunstverlag: Berlin 2022).