JULIUS GIPKENS (1883-1969) Castles on the Rhein. Cover for Die Woche, published July 19, 1930. Mixed media, including gouache, ink, and collage on paper mounted to thin board with painted border. 337x257 mm; 13 1/4x10 inches, on 14x11-inch board. Signed "Gipkens" in lower left image.
Gipkens was a self-taught poster artist who was extremely active both before and after World War I. He was employed by the prestigious firm, Hollerbaum & Schmidt, where he worked alongside such fellow design luminaries as Lucian Bernhard, Hans Rudi Erdt, Julius Klinger and Ernest Deutsch. Die Woche was one of the first of many illustrated magazines that existed in Berlin in the early years of the 20th century. Founded in 1899, it was published continuously through 1944. (Reference: Das Fruhe Plakat in Europa und den USA, German Posters 1840-1940, Volume 3. Edited by Ruth Malhorta et. al. (Berlin, Mann Verlag, 1980), page 1048.)