Der Vogel (1961)

PAUL DIERKES (1907-1968)

Original Woodcut; signed and dated bottom right
Newly-framed as pictured

80cm x 65cm in the frame


Born as the son of a Cloppenburg stonemason, Dierkes studied at the Königsberg Art Academy before moving to Munich in 1931. He then settled in Berlin, which became his artistic home and which he regarded as the ‘actual center of German sculpture.’ In 1936 he showed works in a first solo exhibition in the Berlin gallery Ferdinand Möller. During the National Socialist regime, he left Berlin and, thanks to influential friends, was repeatedly able to avoid being drafted into the Wehrmacht.

In 1947 he was appointed to the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts, appointed professor in 1948 and headed the wood and stone department until his death. His encounters with Karl Hofer, Werner Gilles and Werner Heldt gave his art new, decisive impetus. Today he is considered one of the most important German graphic artists of the post-war period.

Paul Dierkes’s work has been offered at auction multiple times, the record price being $5,586 USD for Der Kardinal sold at Ketterer Kunst in 2010.

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