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Arnulf Rainer (1929), Gilgamesch, 1979.


including VAT (differential taxation according to §25a UStG.)

Artist’s book facsimile: Half-cloth cover in cardboard slipcase, 78 pages (unpaginated), 36 x 27.5 cm, copy 890/1000. Good condition.

Provenance: Private collection Cologne.


Signed in blue ballpoint and stamp numbered in the imprint.

Edited by Christian Leopold Heppe, published by the Verlag der Ceresit-Werke, Unna 1979 (no year).

Condition: Good overall condition. The cover partially with faintly visiblebrownish discolorations and spots.

In the 1960s Arnulf Rainer began revising books. His first work was the Mesopotamian epic Gilgamesh, published in 1919 by publishing house Fritz Gurlitt, Berlin, and illustrated with etchings by Robert Janthur, which he painted over extensively. In 1979 this work was published as a facsimile by the publishing house of the Ceresit-Werke Unna.


Born in 1929 in Baden near Vienna, the Austrian painter Arnulf Rainer studied at the Staatsgewerbeschule in Villach from 1947 to 1949. At first he worked in the style of fantastic realism, but in 1951 he began with overpaintings of his own and other works in a gestural-expressive way. Rainer took part in Dokumenta 6 in Kassel in 1977, and the Venice Biennale in 1978. From 1981 to 1995 he taught as a professor at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. Arnulf Rainer lives and works in the Upper Austrian town of Enzkirchen and in Tenerife.