Ferdinand Michl (Prague 1877 – Vienna 1951)
Das Trinkleid Vom Jammer Erde (The drinking song of Earth’s Sorrows), 1923
From the portfolio Das Leid von der Erde (The Song of the Earth)
Etching with aquatint
Sheet: 394mm x 350mm; plate: 280mm x 230mm
Inscribed and signed in pencil F Michl
Michl trained at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts, before establishing himself as a painter and printmaker in Paris and Vienna. His work shows a close affiliation with Chinese and Japanese culture, particularly influenced by woodblock prints and scroll painting. In 1923, he produced a portfolio of six prints using a rich technique of colour etching and aquatint, illustrating poems by the Chinese poet, Li T’ai Po (700-762 A.D.) created as tone poems set to Gustav Mahler’s composition of six songs for two voices and orchestra, Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), of which this is the first.
Read more about Ferdinand Michl in Darrel Karl’s blog