From 1971 to 1975, the artist created the so-called Tarot series. Offered watercolor thereby presumably served as a preliminary study to the lithography The Sun XVIIII, which was included in the portfolio. The motives of Tarot are a recurring theme in his works. Dörflinger expressed this as follows: ‘My confrontation with Tarot has nothing to do with esotericism and divination. Basically, regarding my choice of motif, it was important for me to depict an opening of finiteness by overcoming them with the help of playful elements.’ (Freely translated quote by the artist regarding Konstanzer Kunstgrenze).
Altogether, the work is in a very good condition. The image dimensions measure 47.9 x 33.6 cm and the sheet dimensions are 47.9 x 35.8 cm.
Johannes Dörflinger (b. 1941)
The artist was born in Konstanz and from 1960-65 studied at the Art Academy of Karlsruhe as pupil of Otto Laible and Georg Meistermann as well as at the University of the Arts in Berlin as a master student of Hann Trier. In 1966 Dörflinger received a scholarship from the British Council for a stay in England, which was followed by a stay in the United States, sponsored by the Harkness Fellowship just one year later. Thereafter he became a lecturer for painting at the New York University in 1969. In 1972, Dörflinger set up a studio in London. There he created the first Tarot series until 1975. Since 1989, Dörflinger published thematic publications. In 2007 he created the famous Konstanzer Kunstgrenze (Constance sculpture border), consisting of 22 Tarot sculptures, which replace the chain-link-fence boundary between Konstanz and Kreuzlingen. Dörflinger’s works can be admired among others in New York's Guggenheim Museum, in London's Tate Modern, at the Oldenburg State Museum or in the Albertina in Vienna