JAECKEL – “Sapphic Love,” c. 1920-25


Etching and mezzotint, 4 1/4 x 6 inches on sheet 11 1/4 x 9 inches

Edition unknown, but rare

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Willy Jaeckel (German 1888-1944) studied at the Royal School of Applied Arts, Breslau in 1906 and later at the Dresden Academy. He gained critical success at the Jury-Free Art Show, Berlin in 1913 and later that year had his first individual exhibition at the Kunstsalon Fritz Gurlitt in Berlin.

He became a member of the Berlin Secession two years later and his lithographic portfolio, Memento 1914/15, was banned for anti-military imagery. His other portfolios of prints brought him recognition including Biblische Motive (Berlin, 1916), and Das Buch Hiob (Berlin, 1917). These were followed by numerous illustrations to Dante, Goethe, Whitman and other literary giants.

His work was clearly Expressionistic at this time. Drafted during World War I, he was given leave of absence to paint four large murals (destroyed–see 1975 exh. cat., pls 4-7) for the TET factory in Hanover. In 1919 he was elected a member of the Preussische Akademie der Kunste. He worked as a decorative painter.

Jaeckel wrote an autobiographical statement for Fritz Guritt’s annual Das graphische Jahr in 1921. He was appointed Professor at the State College of Art, Berlin in 1925. He continuously participated in exhibitions throughout Germany, but in 1937 his works were removed from public collections as “degenerate.” His graphics were destroyed in Düsseldorf, Hamburg, and Mannheim museums.  Jaeckel returned to Berlin in 1944, where he died in his house from an Allied bombing raid.