1858 Stettin – Berlin 1910 (?)

Portrait of Jacob Burckhardt 1897

wood engraving in two colors on thick imperial Japan paper; 98 x 85 mm (3 ¾ x 3 3/8 inches); sheet: 328 x 237 mm (13 x 9 5 16 inches)

signed in pencil at lower right

Söhn 52902-5

One of 38 copies on Japan paper, with the journal’s dry stamp. The standard edition of the print was published in vol. IV, no. 2, Berlin 1898, between pages 104 and 105.

Krüger made this wood engraving after the famous portrait photograph of the scholar who had died in August 1897. Krüger was, in his day, one of the most important artists making reproductive prints after paintings. He lived in Berlin and won numerous prizes for his work at various exhibitions (Munich 1892, Anvers 1894, and Dresden 1899, for example). Thieme/ Becker characterizes his wood engravings as “witty paraphrases of the originals” and expressly mentions the portrait of Burckhardt.