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Der Mathematiker (The Mathematician)
  • Wilhelm Geissler
    1895–1977
    born: Hamm, Germany ; died: Wuppertal, West Germany (present-day Germany) ; active: Germany
  • Der Mathematiker (The Mathematician), circa 1925
  • Der künstliche Mensch / Zehn Blätter der Anklage (The Artificial Man / Ten pages for the prosecution), from Kunst der Jugend (Art of Youth) no. 7
  • Where object was made: Germany
  • woodcut
  • Paper Type: wove
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 150 x 125 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 5 7/8 x 4 7/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 290 x 228 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 11 3/8 x 9 in
  • Museum purchase: Elmer F. Pierson Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0075.03
Description
Inscriptions/Signature

Figure, pieced together with cylinders, is holding a geometry compass with one hand and pointing with his index finger with the other. We see a line of mathematics coming out of the figures mouth. A blackboard is behind the figure, center right. A white cat is jumping of a window sill, center left. The floor is made-up of black and white tiles.