Herman de Vries (1931), collecting notes, 1987.

Artist’s book with 64 + 4 (book cover) not paginated pages, stapled, 17 x 13,3 cm, copy 18/108. Good condition.

Provenance: Private collection Southern Germany, acquired from the artist.


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Signed, numbered and inscribed on the back cover.

Catalogue raisonné: herman de vries. les livres et les publications. catalogue raisonné, 2005, No. 70.

Condition: Good condition with light signs of age.

With a pressed trembling poplar leaf (page 1), 1 ash rubbing (page 33), 2 tipped-in color photographs showing views of La Gomera (pages 25 and 57) and the inscription “& see her dance!” on the back cover. The remaining odd pages with text (visual poetry) in letter print.

An unstapled working copy without poplar leaf and photographs, but with drawings and remarks by the artist for the later edition is added.


Herman de Vries was born in Alkmaar in 1931, the Netherlands. After training at the Reichsgartenbauschule in Hoorn, he first worked as a landscape gardener before beginning to work as an artist in 1953. His early works – white pictures, collages and objects – are related to the artist groups NUL and ZERO. In 1962 de Vries began to develop the method of “random-objectivation”, with which he investigates reality in his works. In the the 1970s, de Vries increasingly turned to nature, working, for example, with natural materials such as pressed plants or soil. In 1997 he created a so-called sanctuarium for the SkulpturProjekte Münster, a piece of nature protected from human access. Since 1970, Herman de Vries lives in Eschenau in Lower Franconia since 1970.

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Herman de Vries (1931)


artist book, earth rubbings, pressed plant leaves

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