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FERDINAND SPRINGER (German/French / 1908-1998)

Painter, sculptor, engraver. Ferdinand Springer was born in Berlin, but moved to Paris at the age of 20, where he studied at the Académie Ranson under Roger Bissière. He studied engraving at Atelier 17 under Stanley William Hayter. The sheer physicality of engraving absorbed him. He remembered proudly how Le Corbusier said to him, "You trace the furrows like a peasant with his plough" - though of his generation only Roger Vieillard used a burin with such grace. In his later years, the art of Ferdinand Springer was purely abstract, distinguished by its elegance of line and the way it explores what he called the secret antagonism between the line and colour. In his earlier phase, his engravings - such as the breathtaking copper engravings inspired by Valéry's Socratic dialogue on architecture, Eupalinos ou l'architecte - are influenced by Surrealism. A lifelong interest in philosophy, metaphysics and aesthetics is evidenced in his choice of subjects, which include the myth of Plato's Cave, the Tao Te Ching, and the Bardo Thodol or Tibetan Book of the Dead. Ferdinand Springer was interned in the French concentration camp at Tuileries des Milles in 1939 alongside Ernst, Bellmer, and Wols. Freed in 1940 he joined Hans Arp, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Sonia Delaunay and Albert Magnelli in Grasse where they formed the Grasse Group. Springer succeeded in emigrating to Switzerland in 1942; in 1945 he returned to France. Ferdinand Springer subsquently became a French citizen. His work is in over 40 museums worldwide. He died in Grasse in 1998. See: Emmanuelle Foster, Ferdinand Springer, 2000; catalogue to the Ferdinand Springer exhibition at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Caen, 1973.

See also:

ROGER CHASTEL
MARIANNE CLOUZOT
MICHEL JAMAR
KARL SCHRAG
ROGER VIEILLARD
HENRI-GEORGES ADAM
HANS (JEAN) ARP
SONIA DELAUNAY
ALBERTO MAGNELLI

Selected prints by FERDINAND SPRINGER

Mythe de la caverne
III, 1948
Engraving
Eupalinos ou
l'Architecte VII, 1947
Engraving
Eupalinos ou
l'Architecte IV, 1947
Engraving

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