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19.5 x 29.7 cm
Amidst a playful confusion of leaves, Jorinde and Joringel, two young lovers, get lost in a thicket. They come too near the ancient castle of a sorceress. The old witch turns Joringel to stone and transforms Jorinde into a nightingale and shuts her away in a cage. Joringel, now freed and a shepherd, dreams of a flower with whose help he can free Jorinde from the spell.
The fairy tale of the Brothers Grimm is divided into six scenes, which wind in traditional reading direction, from left to right and from top to bottom, around a tree in the middle of the picture. The etching captivates the viewer with the most diverse grey tones, which Herta Günther engenders alone through the contour-lines of leaves and shrubs. The expressive and playful lines fascinate and their inventiveness surprises down to the smallest detail in ever fresh and suspenseful forms. The picture remains nevertheless legible, for the two main characters always stand out amid the growth of leaves and branches.
The etching is part of an entire series devoted to the Grimms' fairy tales. It was made in 1957, when the young artist, still using her maiden name of Herta Bauer, had just completed her studies at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts and was accepted into the Association of Graphic Artists in the GDR. The drawing found its way into the collection of ifa in 1992, together with 14,000 other graphics, after the dissolution of the Centre for Art Exhibitions of the GDR (ZFK). Like ifa, the ZFK organized exhibitions at home and abroad, including on behalf of the Association of Graphic Artists. It was probably in this way that the drawing entered the collection of the ZFK.