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Der Turner (The Gymnast)
  • Wilhelm Geissler
    1895–1977
    born: Hamm, Germany ; died: Wuppertal, West Germany (present-day Germany) ; active: Germany
  • Der Turner (The Gymnast), 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: 143 x 120 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 5 5/8 x 4 3/4 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 290 x 228 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 11 7/16 x 9 in
  • Museum purchase: Elmer F. Pierson Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0075.10
Description
Inscriptions/Signature

Figure (robot) in forefront holding onto a gymnastic bar. The line movements indicate that he is swinging down and to the left side of image. Left and center we see gymnastic rings. Behind the main figure we see five other bodies standing in a row, tallest to shortest, left to right.