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Print - Sonnenaufgang
  • Sonnenaufgang
    Hoch, Hannah, born 1889 - died 1978
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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1915-18 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hoch, Hannah, born 1889 - died 1978 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linocut with hand colouring

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 216

Physical description

Linocut with hand colouring entitled 'Sonnenaufgang'. Inscribed in pencil then erased 'Hoch 1915-18', and on the back with notes in German. Stamped on the back of the support sheet with the artist's full name.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1915-18 (made)


Hoch, Hannah, born 1889 - died 1978 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Linocut with hand colouring

Marks and inscriptions

4 andere dieses Blatt waren in Lotz 1976
4 other prints of this work in Lotz 1976

Hannah Hoch Rossner [?] Hoch Sammlung Nachlass
Estate of Hannah/Rossner Hoch
Stamped on the back


Height: 17.8 cm, Width: 18 cm sheet, Diameter: 11.9 cm printed surface

Descriptive line

Linocut with hand colouring by Hannah Hoch entitled 'Sonnenaufgang' [Sunrise]. Germany, ca. 1915-8.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

German bisexual artist Hannah Höch is best known for her photomontages. She assembled images, often taken from popular magazines, into commentaries on gender and politics, frequently critiquing German bourgeois culture. She also made drawings and paintings (oil, watercolor, and gouache), participated in fabric and fashion design, and created dolls.
In 1926, Höch entered into a lesbian relationship with the Dutch writer and linguist Til Brugman (ca 1888-1958). They remained together for nine years,
living in The Hague from 1926 to 1929, then in Berlin. The two women collaborated on some projects, including a book, Scheingehacktes (1935), for which Höch provided the images and Brugman the text. Later, Höch would remember her time with Brugman as one of the happiest in her life, but also complain of Brugman's possessiveness. During her time with Brugman, she produced a number of photomontages depicting same-sex couples. During the 1930s, Höch embraced Surrealism, a movement to which her style of juxtaposing disparate human and animal/non-human parts was especially well-suited.
In 1935, while still involved with Til Brugman, Höch began a romance with businessman and amateur musician Heinz Kurt Matthies, twenty-one years younger than she. They married in 1939, separated in 1942, and divorced in 1944. For the remaining thirty-four years of her life, the artist chose solitude over romance.
Although Höch's art was of a kind particularly denounced by the Nazis as 'degenerate', the artist remained in Germany during the war but managed to avoid perseuction by keeping a low profile.

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