Das Grosse Tier II (The Big Animal) by Richard Muller

Das Grosse Tier II (The Big Animal) by Richard Muller

Das Grosse Tier II (The Big Animal)

Richard Muller

Title

Das Grosse Tier II (The Big Animal)

 
Artist

Richard Muller

  1874 - 1954 (biography)
Year
1919  
Technique
etching 
Image Size
11 x 2" 5/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
4 of 85  
Annotations
title, lower left margin; "Lati 4/85", lower right margin 
Reference
Gunther 85 
Paper
blue gray laid 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
10815 
Price
$650.00 
Description

Symbolist printmaker Richard Muller did this etching in 1919 at the end of the 2 year German Revolution, after WWI, which brought about the Weimer Republic. German sailors led a revolt in the naval ports of Wilhelmshaven on 29 October 1918, followed by the Kiel mutiny in the first days of November. These disturbances spread the spirit of civil unrest across Germany and ultimately led to the proclamation of a republic on 9 November 1918. Shortly thereafter, Emperor Wilhelm II abdicated his throne and fled the country.

Elections for the new Weimar National Assembly were held on 19 January 1919. The revolution ended on 11 August 1919, when the Weimar Constitution was adopted.

Muller depicts the German Supreme Command and its military as a large, carrion eating Marabou Stork, also called the "Undertaker Stork," with a righteous "halo" surrounding its head and a chest full of medals. Down at its feet are the German people, potential snacks for the bird.