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Rolf Escher - A Modern Surrealist

by Fichter Kunsthandel
May 29, 2022 4:00 PM CET Timed auction
Frankfurt, DE | Auction Details
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-Shipping fees within EU countries via DHL:
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-Shipping fees for non-EU countries via DHL:
For shipping outside of the EU we charge a flat amount of 55 Euro for each item. In case purchases by one Client can be combined in one package we will gladly do so and charge the shipping fee only once.
If the total of your purchases including buyer's premium exceeds 1.000 EUR, we recommend shipping your purchases by FedEx or DHL Express at a fixed price of 150 EUR.

For objects sized up to 40x40 cm (object size, inlcuding frame if applicable) and with a hammer price below 60 Euro there is also a possibility to ship your purchase for 17 Euro with Deutsche Post Warenpost International. Please note that the delivery time for this service may be substantially longer than that for DHL parcel post.

For objects sized over 100 x 50 x 50 cm please contact us in advance to calculate the shipping costs according to your shipping location.

-Dispatch route
All your purchases are sent with DHL business customer mail (except small items (see above) who are shipped with Deutsche Post Warenpost International). If a parcel requires a different transport service due to unusual size, we will coordinate this with you beforehand.

-Shipping processing and duration
Once we receive your payment, we will process and ship your purchase within one business day. Delivery then usually takes another 1 to 3 working days within Germany. For deliveries within the EU please calculate 5 to 8 working days. Delivery outside the EU can take 10 to 20 working days.
In the case of payment in advance, the period for delivery shall commence on the day after the payment order is issued to the remitting bank or, in the case of other forms of payment, on the day after the conclusion of the contract and shall end with the expiry of the last day of the period. If the last day of the period falls on a Saturday, Sunday or a general holiday recognised by the state at the place of delivery, the next working day shall take the place of such day.

Germany Delivery time (from dispatch): 1 to 3 working days
EU Delivery time (from dispatch): 5 to 8 working days
Switzerland Delivery time (from dispatch): 5 to 8 working days
Non-EU Delivery time (from dispatch): 10 to 20 working days

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We are pleased to present a special offer of prints by the German Artist Rolf Escher (*1936). One of the great masters of printmaking in Germany in our time, Escher presents a stunning combination of realism and surrealism, making his prints extremely attractive and mystical at the same time. Born on 4 September 1936 in Hagen, Westphalia, Rolf Escher took the path of the artist at the Düsseldorf Art Academy before turning to a course in German philology at the University of Cologne. The fact that of the two possible paths in life, the artist's was obviously the preferred one is evidenced by the early establishment of his own studio, first in his home town of Hagen and later in Düsseldorf. As early as 1968, Escher also set up an etching workshop in Essen-Stadtwald, which was extremely productive from the start and gave the artist enormous experience in handling the etching needle over the years. Between 1967 and 1978, he was rewarded for the ingenuity of his motifs as well as his skilful handling of printing techniques with various medals of honour and prizes. In 1967 he received the Medal of Honour of the 4th International Graphic Biennale in Frechen, in 1977 the prize of the 12th International Graphic Biennale Ljubljana and in 1978 the Hans-Thoma-Medal Reutlingen. In 1988, he also won the prize at the 5th International Portrait Biennale in Tuzla. The success Escher enjoyed with his prints and drawings is attested to by the many solo and permanent exhibitions of his works, including in major institutions such as the Art Collection of the State Parliament in Düsseldorf, the Bibliothèque Royale Albert I in Brussels, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn and the Museum Folkwang in Essen. Since 1965, Rolf Escher has also taught art, first at the Grashofgymnasium in Essen-Bredeney, and later as a professor in the Department of Design and Drawing at the Münster University of Applied Sciences. He resigned from this position in 2000 after 36 years in order to devote himself entirely to creating art. Long study visits to Italy, France, Turkey and Germany led him to the many places he sketched on paper in intensive sessions, to later depict them as scenery in his work cycles, such as Schauplätze - Zeichnungen aus italienischen Städten (1983), Venedig (1996/97), Istanbul (1993-1998), Bücherzeiten - Gezeichnete Entdeckungen (1990-2004) or Ein Geisterfrühstück in Paris - Impressionen aus Frankreich (2009). The elegant combination of Escher's artistry and lifelong preoccupation with German culture of the 18th and 19th centuries manifests itself not least in the drawing series Lebensräume des Königs (Living Spaces of the King), Friedrich der Große zwischen Brandenburg und Niederrhein (Frederick the Great between Brandenburg and the Lower Rhine) and DichterOrte - Orte der Arbeit, Orte der Inspiration (Poets' Places - Places of Work, Places of Inspiration), which were created between 2010 and 2013. How else could he have rendered the study rooms of the great poet princes with such sensitivity and a sense of the poets' essence and creative power? Escher succeeds, not least through his knowledge of biography and works, in breathing life into the poets' places of creation, even if they do not actually show any persons. The eloquence of emptiness In his print work, too, Escher favours the depiction of places and objects that tell of or remind us of human activity, but in the rarest cases actually involve people. The depicted rooms and props themselves tell about the events there and the course of history up to the moment when the artist personally enters the rooms. As late as 1977, Escher himself expressed himself rather rationally distanced from this idea: "When I repeatedly deal with old, worn-out things and people in my drawings and etchings, it is not out of nostalgic interest, which turns sentimentally or ironically amused to the relics of a supposed 'Belle Époche'. In the old chairs, cloths, entrances that I put into the picture, I rather try to show the damage that time has inflicted on things, their strangeness, their loneliness." (Rolf Escher Catalogue Gelsenkirchen 1977, p. 10, quoted from Georg Reinhardt (ed.): Rolf Escher. Zeichnungen und Radierungen, Albstadt 1982, p. 30). But is it not precisely in the series DichterOrte (Poets' Places), created almost 25 years later, that we can also glimpse a sentimental memory of the time when the poets themselves walked through these venerable rooms and areas, creating the great works that still accompany the school canon today? Similarly, in the series Book Times, Escher shows glimpses of the reading rooms of time-honoured monastery and university libraries from all over Europe that have collected knowledge in bound form for centuries and now, in the age of online research and the e-book, seem like a relic from the old days. The penchant for showing signs of age and wear and tear on objects blends in here with a more preservative scenery that sensitively captures the mood in the poet's house or in the magnificent architecture of the libraries. Unlike photography, which is able to create realistic images of objects and spaces but always remains documentary, Rolf Escher, trained by many years of art practice and attentive study of his works, is able to reproduce the atmosphere and character of spaces and at the same time use objects nimbly to tell a story. Often not without incorporating a huge dose of humour, for instance by turning the bibliophile users of the book collections into insects or skeletons.

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General Terms & Conditions/Cancellation

-- All works in this sale are offered with differential taxation according to § 25 a of the Value Added Tax Act (UStG/Vat law), art objects/special regulation. Vat for the artwork purchase price is not shown on the invoice. For buyers inside the EU, current German vat for the buyer's premium as well as shipping and handling costs are included in the buyer's premium.
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General Terms and Conditions and Client Information of
H. W. Fichter Kunsthandel e.K.
Arndtstr. 49
60325 Frankfurt am Main / Germany
VAT-ID-Nr. DE 212112751
HRA Nr. 29667, Ort: Frankfurt am Main



Table of Contents
1. Scope of Application
2. Conclusion of the Contract
3. Maximum Price and Fixed Price
4. Price and delivery costs
5. Shipment and Delivery Conditions
6. Right of Cancellation for Clients
7. Warranty
8. Accessibility of the Online Platform
9. Client's account
10. Privacy policy
11. FINAL PROVISIONS



1) Scope of Application
These General Terms and Conditions (GTC) of the company H. W. Fichter Kunsthandel
e.K. (hereinafter referred to as "Seller") shall apply to all contracts concluded between the Buyer (hereinafter referred to as "Client") and the Seller related to all goods and/or services presented by the Seller on the Invaluable trading platform.

2) Conclusion of the Contract
2.1 The product descriptions presented by the Seller on the Invaluable trading platform do not constitute binding offers on the part of the Seller, but merely serve the purpose of submitting a binding offer by the Client.
2.2 The Seller sets a starting price for each work of art presented in an online only auction as well as a deadline within which purchase offers for this work of art can be submitted (hereinafter referred to as the Offer Period).
2.3 The Client can submit a purchase offer by transmitting a purchase price offer via the relevant functions on the Invaluable Portal. A submitted purchase offer is binding for the Client.
2.4 The Client can correct all the data entered via the usual keyboard and mouse function prior to submitting his binding order. In addition, prior to submitting the order, all data entered will be displayed in a confirmation window and can be corrected here as well, via the usual keyboard and mouse function.
2.5 The Client's purchase offer will be confirmed by email. This does not constitute a binding acceptance of the offer.
2.6 At the end of the Offer Period the Seller shall accept the purchase offer of the Client with the highest purchase price submitted through Invaluable during the Offer Period. This results in a purchase agreement between the Seller and the Client for the specific work of art. Only the highest offer is valid, all other purchase offers by other Clients for this object shall expire.

3) Maximum Price and Fixed Price
3.1 Within the scope of the online only auction, the Client can immediately state the purchase price he is prepared to pay for the respective work of art (hereinafter referred to as the Maximum Price) when submitting a purchase price offer. If two Clients specify an identical Maximum Price, only the earlier quotation shall be considered; the Client who submitted the later quotation will be informed of this by email.
3.2 The Maximum Price is not displayed to other Clients; only the current highest bid is always visible.
3.3 As long as the Client's Maximum Price is higher than the current highest bid of other Clients for the respective work of art, the Client's purchase price offer shall be increased automatically as far as it is necessary for the Client to remain the highest bidder with the Maximum Price bid when submitting further purchase price bids. The automatic increase of the purchase price offer shall take place in the bidding steps specified in the bidding table.

4) Price and delivery costs
4.1 Prices are indicated in Euro excluding taxes and shipping costs.
4.2 The shipping costs can be taken from the shipping costs list on the offer page.
4.3 For deliveries to the United States, additional costs may arise such as transfer fees charged by the bank and taxes and/or customs duties. Those costs have to be borne by the Client.
4.4 Payment can be made using one of the methods mentioned by the Seller on the Invaluable trading platform. If payment in advance is agreed, payment is due immediately after conclusion of the contract.
4.5 All items are offered with differential tax pursuant to § 25a of the Value Added Tax Act (UStG). Vat for the artwork purchase price is not shown on the invoice.
4.6 The Client will be charged per individual object a premium of 23% on the purchase price. The buyer's premium includes the current German tax rate.
4.7 The Seller has the right, in accordance with legal obligations, to ask the purchaser to present a valid identity card, passport, similar identity document and, if necessary, further information to establish the identity of the beneficial owner, to make copies of these for its records and to keep them for 30 years. The buyer undertakes to cooperate in the fulfilment of this legal obligation.

5) Shipment and Delivery Conditions
5.1 The purchased object shall only be delivered to the Client after receiving the complete purchase price including shipping costs and the buyer's premium.
5.2 Delivery of goods shall be made on the dispatch route to the delivery address indicated by the Client, unless otherwise agreed upon. The delivery time is specified on the Seller's order detail page.
5.3 Should delivery to the Client not be possible, the assigned transport company returns the goods to the Seller and the Client bears the cost for the unsuccessful dispatch.

6) Right of Cancellation for Clients
6.1 Clients are entitled to the right to cancel.
6.2 Detailed information about the right to cancel are provided at the end of these General Terms and Conditions.
6.3 If the Client make use of your right of cancellation, the Client shall bear the costs of the return.

7) Warranty
All items offered by the Seller at the Online Platform are used. The state of the condition is mentioned in the offer by the Seller upon reviewing the overall visual appearance of the object. The absence of information on the state of preservation thus has no explanatory effect and in particular does not constitute a guarantee or quality agreement in the sense of purchasing law.

8) Accessibility of the Online Platform
8.1 The Seller shall not be liable for the uninterrupted and fault-free accessibility and usability of the Online Platform insofar as the Seller is not responsible for this. This applies in particular to damages and disadvantages arising from the fact that the buyer was unable to submit his purchase price bids or was late in submitting them due to such a fault, or that these bids were not received or were received late.
8.2 If no purchase price offers can be submitted at times due to a fault, the Seller may extend the Offer Period by the duration of the fault.

9) Client's account
9.1 The Client requires an account at Invaluable and shall hold auctions via Invaluable. The participation in the online only auctions requires the registration of a client's account. When entering the personal data required for registration, the client is responsible for the complete and truthful provision of this information. The transmission of the entered data takes place by clicking the "Register" button. The registration and activation of the client's account will be confirmed to you by email.
9.2 There is no legal claim to the acceptance of a Client for an online only auction by the seller. The seller is free to accept or reject an participation.

10) Privacy policy
10.1 Personal data will only be collected if the Client provides this information on his accord for the processing of a contract or when registering for a newsletter. Those data will only be used for the processing of a contract and for Client's inquiries.
10.2 The Client's e-mail will be used solely for own advertising purposes, if he has expressly consented in this regard. The Client can withdraw his consent vis-à-vis the Seller at any time.
10.3 In the framework of contract processing the Client's personal data will be transferred to the transport enterprise in charge of delivery, as far as this is necessary for delivering the goods.
10.4 After full implementation of the contract and complete purchase price payment the Client's data will be stored on account of the preservation period in accordance with tax and commerce laws. Upon expiry of such period those data will be deleted, unless the Client has expressly consented to the further use of his data.
10.5 The Client has a right to get information free of charge about his stored data and, if he so wishes, he has the right to correction, blocking or deletion of those data. For questions regarding the collection, processing or use of his personal data he can turn to the Seller, free of charge.

11) FINAL PROVISIONS
11.1 German law shall apply exclusively. The place of performance and jurisdiction is, as far as legally permissible, Frankfurt am Main.
11.2 If one or several provisions of these General Terms and Conditions should be or become invalid, then the validity of the remaining other provisions shall not be affected thereof. In this case, the contracting parties undertake to replace the invalid provision with a valid provision that comes as close as possible to the meaning and purpose of the invalid provision.
11.3 These General Terms and Conditions shall govern all relations between the seller and the client. General terms and conditions of the client shall not apply. No verbal ancillary agreements have been concluded. Amendments to these General Terms and Conditions are to be made in writing; this shall also apply for the relinquishment and waiver of this writing requirement.

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Instructions for cancellation & Cancellation form
Clients, i.e. any individual acting for purposes which are wholly or mainly outside those individual's trade, business, craft or profession, are entitled to cancel any contract on the following conditions:


A. Instructions for cancellation

Right to cancel
You have the right to cancel this contract within 1 month without giving any reason.

The cancellation period will expire after 1 month from the day on which you acquire, or a third party other than the carrier and indicated by you acquires, physical possession of the goods.
To exercise the right to cancel, you must inform us (H. W. Fichter Kunsthandel e.K., Arndtstr. 49, 60325 Frankfurt, Deutschland, Tel.: +49 (0) 69-74389030, Fax: +49 (0) 69-747946, E-Mail: [email protected]) of your decision to cancel this contract by a clear statement (e.g. a letter sent by post, fax or e-mail). You may use the attached model cancellation form, but it is not obligatory.
To meet the cancellation deadline, it is sufficient for you to send your communication concerning your exercise of the right to cancel before the cancellation period has expired.

Effects of cancellation
If you cancel this contract, we will reimburse to you all payments received from you, including the costs of delivery (except for the supplementary costs arising if you choose a type of delivery other than the least expensive type of standard delivery offered by us) without undue delay and not later than fourteen days after the day on which we are informed about your decision to cancel this contract. We may make a deduction from the reimbursement for loss in value of any goods supplied, if the loss is the result of unnecessary handling by you. We will make the reimbursement using the same means of payment as you used for the initial transaction, unless you have expressly agreed otherwise. In any event, you will not incur any fees as a result of the reimbursement. We may withhold reimbursement until we have received the goods back or you have supplied evidence of having sent back the goods, whichever is the earliest.
You shall send back the goods or hand them over to us without undue delay and in any event not later than fourteen days from the day on which you communicate your cancellation from this contract to us. The deadline is met if you send back the goods before the period of 14 days has expired.

You will bear the cost of returning the goods.

You are only liable for any diminished value of the goods resulting from the handling other than what is necessary to establish the nature, characteristics and functioning of the goods.

Exclusion and/or premature expiration of the right to cancel.
The right to cancel does not apply for consumers who, at the time of concluding the contract, are not nationals of a member state of the European Union and whose exlusive residence and address of delivery are located outside of the European Union.

General information
1) Please prevent damage to and contamination of the goods. Please return the goods, if possible, in the original packaging with all accessories and all packaging components. If necessary, please use protective outer packaging. If you are no longer in possession of the original packaging, please use suitable packaging providing adequate protection against potential transport damage.
2) Please do not return the goods freight forward.
3) Please note that the above general information in section 1 and 2 is not a precondition for effectively exercising your right to cancel.

B. Cancellation form

If you wish to cancel this contract, please complete and submit this form.


H. W. Fichter Kunsthandel e.K.
Arndtstr. 49
60325 Frankfurt
Deutschland
Fax: +49 (0) 69-747946
E-Mail: [email protected]

I/We (*) hereby give notice that I/We (*) cancel my/our (*) contract of sale of the following goods (*) /for the supply of the following service (*),





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Payment Terms

The payment of the pruchases must take place within 7 working days after successful bid. Payment can be made by bank transfer to our account in Germany, by PayPal or by credit card (via Stripe).
If you have a credit card on file, it will be charged with the amount due 4 days after an invoice has been sent.

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Account holder: H. W. Fichter Kunsthandel
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Shipping Terms

-Shipping
The Seller will arrange shipment, at Client's expense. We offer in-house packing and shipping and you do not need to arrange for shipping yourself. We ship using DHL or Deutsche Post but upon client's request we can use DHL Express and FedEx as well. In this case, please contact us in order to determin the shipping costs.

Please feel free to contact us regarding any questions referring to shipping and handling.
Please note that all prices at the Invaluable online only auctions are to be understood as exclusive of any shipping costs as well as possible taxes regarding the shipping destination. Please refer to the following information for shipping prices and delivery times:

For objects sized up to 100 x 50 x 50 cm:
-Shipping fees within Germany:
Shipping within Germany is free of charge!

-Shipping fees within EU countries via DHL:
For shipping inside of the EU (with the exception of Germany as a shipping destination) we charge a flat amount of 20 Euro (incl. VAT) for each item. In case purchases by one Client can be combined in one package we will gladly do so and charge the shipping fee only once.

-Shipping fees for non-EU countries via DHL:
For shipping outside of the EU we charge a flat amount of 55 Euro for each item. In case purchases by one Client can be combined in one package we will gladly do so and charge the shipping fee only once.
If the total of your purchases including buyer's premium exceeds 1.000 EUR, we recommend shipping your purchases by FedEx or DHL Express at a fixed price of 150 EUR.

For objects sized up to 40x40 cm (object size, inlcuding frame if applicable) and with a hammer price below 60 Euro there is also a possibility to ship your purchase for 17 Euro with Deutsche Post Warenpost International. Please note that the delivery time for this service may be substantially longer than that for DHL parcel post.

For objects sized over 100 x 50 x 50 cm please contact us in advance to calculate the shipping costs according to your shipping location.

-Dispatch route
All your purchases are sent with DHL business customer mail (except small items (see above) who are shipped with Deutsche Post Warenpost International). If a parcel requires a different transport service due to unusual size, we will coordinate this with you beforehand.

-Shipping processing and duration
Once we receive your payment, we will process and ship your purchase within one business day. Delivery then usually takes another 1 to 3 working days within Germany. For deliveries within the EU please calculate 5 to 8 working days. Delivery outside the EU can take 10 to 20 working days.
In the case of payment in advance, the period for delivery shall commence on the day after the payment order is issued to the remitting bank or, in the case of other forms of payment, on the day after the conclusion of the contract and shall end with the expiry of the last day of the period. If the last day of the period falls on a Saturday, Sunday or a general holiday recognised by the state at the place of delivery, the next working day shall take the place of such day.

Germany Delivery time (from dispatch): 1 to 3 working days
EU Delivery time (from dispatch): 5 to 8 working days
Switzerland Delivery time (from dispatch): 5 to 8 working days
Non-EU Delivery time (from dispatch): 10 to 20 working days

-Transport safety
All your purchases are packed with the utmost care to avoid any damage during transport.