A strong pencil on paper self portrait in caricature style, 8 1/2" by 7" (14 1/4" by 10 1/4" framed), signed at lower center by the noted German painter and author, JOACHIM RINGELNATZ (1883-1934). The self-mocking profile drawing shows the distinctive nose and hair shock, both featured in a 1983 German 50 Pfennig postage stamp, a canceled example of which has been taped to the glass at lower right by a previous owner of the drawing. A word that looks something like "Nordegg" appears at right in the artist's writing. Ringelnatz, whose real name was Hans von Botticher, came from a family of mariners. He served on a WWI minesweeper. After the so-called "Great War", he became a "Kabarettist"----a satirical stand up comedian. A writer of wry and satirical poems, sometimes nonsensical and subversive, he became well known across Germany as the creator of Kuddel Daddeldu, an anarchic sailor character. The pointed social commentary inherent in Ringelnatz's art had parallels to that of contemporaries George Grosz and Otto Dix. His art was exhibited alongside theirs during the 1920's, and was ultimately banned by the Nazi government in 1933 as being "degenerate". Many Ringelnatz paintings were lost in World War II, but those that have survived bring to the $30,000 level at auctions; many have far surpassed their pre-sale estimates. In 2002 a museum dedicated to the artist opened in Cuxhaven in northern Germany on the North Sea coast. Condition is excellent. Allow for reflections in a few images. The postage stamp has some foreign matter on it.
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