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LUDWIG HOHLWEIN (1874-1949) ZOOLOGISCHER GARTEN MÜNCHEN. 1912. 49 1/4x36 1/4 inches, 125x92 cm. G. Schuh & Cie., Munich. Condition A-: minor repaired tears at edges. Paper. Framed. Animals were a continual source of inspiration for Hohlwein, and he drew them with an ease and deftness born of respect. In 1912, he had three commissions for zoos almost simultaneously; he designed two for the Munich Zoo, and one for the Nuremberg Zoo depicting a zebra and a parrot. Of them all, this panther and leopard design is one of his most famous and enduring images. It was reissued in 1914 promoting a festival at the Zoo (DFP-III1476), and then reprinted in 1965. Against a patterned brown background, the solid mass of the black panther, with a subtle and sophisticated green outline, makes the leopard stand out starkly. The image of the leopard is a virtuosic composition rarely equaled in graphic art. Hohlwein / Stuttgart 68, Hohlwein 123 (var), Frenzel pl. 17, Wember 421, DFP-III 1408, Miroir 57, The Poster 103.