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An image of Bunraku dolls by Jörg Schmeisser

Jörg Schmeisser

(Australia, Japan, Germany 1942 – 01 Jun 2012)

Bunraku dolls
Place of origin
Media category
Materials used
etching, printed in black ink from two plates on ivory wove paper

19.7 x 16.4 cm right platemark; 19.7 x 16.3 cm left platemark; 19.7 x 32.8 cm overall platemark; 39.7 x 49 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "JÖRG/ SCHMEISSER/ ‘68".
Gift of Keiko Amenomori-Schmeisser through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts program 2012
Accession number
© Jörg Schmeisser Estate
Not on display
Further information

Jörg Schmeisser studied at the Hamburg Fine Art Academy, Germany 1962–67, majoring in printmaking under Paul Wunderlich. In 1967 he received a scholarship that enabled him to continue studies at the Kyoto Fine Art Academy, Japan and taught there 1969–72 and again in 1989. From 1965–73 was a regular participant as draughtsman/artist in archaeological expeditions in Greece and Israel, run by the Columbia University of Missouri. He first visited Australia in 1976 and in 1978 he was appointed to the Canberra School of Art to establish the printmaking workshop and was its Head until 1997. He has travelled extensively in Europe, Asia and Australia and has held solo exhibitions since 1969.

This etching, based upon a rare collection of Bunraku dolls, gives the impression that they were delineated from live subjects. It comprises two etching plates printed alongside one another on one sheet of paper so that they give the impression of the pages of an open sketchbook. Subject-wise this two-part etching is not unlike a page of drawings from the Gallery’s Sri Lankan sketchbook by Donald Friend.