The City where People had learned what Forgiveness is

Petri, Annemarie

  • "De stad waar de mensen hadden geleerd wat vergeving is" ("The city where people had learned what forgiveness is") by Artist Annemarie Petri: Surrealism, imaginary cities, fantasy, mirage, etching.
  • Technique: Etching/monoprint, highest technical level with 8-15 plates.
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The cities and time.

This new series of etchings is a sequel to my previous series 'the invisible cities', inspired by Italo Calvino's novel. Both series are not about cities on their own but on an underlying theme. In this case it is about change and the time that passes.

In these etchings different times can be seen in one image: past, present and future. To create this image I use several etching plates that I print on top of each other. A number of plates I made especially for this purpose but I also use plates from previous series. This creates very complex compositions. In these etchings you can look through the cities and buildings which gives you the idea that the different times coincide.

The fascinating thing about time is that we can't understand it even though we still have so many clocks. Time can go slowly, slip through our fingers, pass by or never come.


The city where people had learned what forgiveness was.

The idea for this etching originated during a visit to Dresden. This city made a huge impression on me. You feel very strongly the past but also the vitality and resilience of the people who live there. The city is a symbol of reconciliation despite the right-wing extremism which is also very clearly present.

In this etching you see different times in one image. The bombed city, the rebuilding of the Frauenkirche and vaguely in the distance the future. Because there is always a future if we can forgive each other.

  • Annemarie Petri (The Hague, 1965) is a versatile artist. She makes paintings, sculptures and etchings/engravings.
  • Her great technical capacity is always at the service of evoking a very own, fairytale-like and melancholic world. Her range in this is large, from bizarre to humorous, from alienating to recognizable.
  • The great concentration and love with which she carries out her meticulous performances is striking.
  • Annemarie was educated at the Free Academy in The Hague (1984-1989) and has since built up an excellent reputation, first as a graphic artist, later as a painter and sculptor.
  • She has been a teacher of drawing, painting and etching for more than 20 years. Her work is shown at home and abroad in various museums, galleries and at fairs.
  • Petri's Etchings distinguish themselves with surprising compositions based on 17th century engravings in the atmosphere of Piranesi, natural science, literature and in the first place the romantic longing for a world that is not there but that you can only dream of.
  • Click Here for Annemarie Petri's website
Technique: Etching
Surface: Hahnemuehle 300gr
Year: 2019
Country of Origin: The Netherlands
Topic: City
Style: Surrealism
Time Period: 21th Century
Image Size: 70 x 100 cm
Total Size: 70 x 100 cm
Orientation: Landscape
Primary Color: Red
Secondary Color: Green

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