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I made this etching on the University of Arts in Leipzig, where Neo Rauch studied and is teaching the painting students. I used a steel needle to scratch the lines into the plate and afterwards I rubbed the printing ink into these lines. The next step was to use special hand-made paper and an old manual printing press to get the final printed artwork. For the colored version I used watercolors. It’s all hand-made. On the illustration the court jester of the elector “Ernst of Saxony” Claus Narr and his dog Lepsch are to be seen. The tale tells that by the carelessness of the jester the bears of the castle got released and smashed many windows. Thereupon the elector announced to punish the responsible person by cutting off its ears. So the jester abrupt held his ears with both hands and asked his dog not to betray him. To his misfortune he spoke that loud that anyone else could hear him.
In the background the old renaissance castle “Hartenfels” in Torgau, Germany is to be seen.