Rupert Rosenkranz

The Kellerdoscope


A print made by German artist Rupert Rosenkranz (1908 – 1991). Rosenkranz developed his own unique printmaking method using PVC printing plates which he treated mainly with heat, resulting in very interesting textures (click on the picture to view it in higher resolution). On the official page (see link) the process is described like this: “PVC Druckplatten werden mit Sticheln und Hitze bearbeitet” (“PVC printing plates are treated with etcher’s needles and heat”). He called this technique “Elektrographie”. However, the electricity was probably only used to heat the tools, maybe soldering irons or even pressing irons, but I don’t know exactly. If you are an artist interested in print making, you might try this out yourself. Rupert Rosenkranz also worked as a painter, painting in a variety of styles.

Besides abstract prints like the one shown here, Rosenkranz also made larger, predominantly non-abstract prints. Personally, I prefer his abstract prints…

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3 thoughts on “Rupert Rosenkranz

  1. Hi Nannus, Who has this print?
    I remember Tante MArtha buying some and we had some greenish, blueish one in the living roombut in my mind it gets confused with a van gogh that martha had hanging somewhere as well, with a big sun and a person.
    Oh dear my memory is fluid…


    • Hi, I have this one and another small one that I am going to post here later. I also have a large one (some kind of olive green) that was hanging in our living room in EA-Str., with a tree with a nest. I could try to snap that one but the cameras we have here are not so good. It is far too big for the scanner. Maybe I can make some closeups, since in that one, what I find interesting is the textures. Let’s see.
      I don’t remember Tante Martha having any. The exhibition was in the house of one of her friends, so she was involved in making the contact. Maybe she had this red one and I got it after she had died, but I don’t remember exactly. The other one I have was a birthday- or christmas gift for me. But as you say, memory is fluid.

    • What about posting some things yourself on this blog, both your own art and things you have from the family heritage? This is “The Kellerdoscope”, so you could put your own stuff here.

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