Tuesday, May 27, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #66 (Joachim Fritsche: East Germany)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

The latest subject to be featured in the drawing project represents Joachim Fritsche, or rather the sticker of the player as he appeared in the FKS-published ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974’ collectors’ album.
The particularly high-contrast, washed-out aspect of the photocopy of the original sticker that provides the immediate point of visual reference from which the drawing is processed aids the ‘ghostly’ appearance of the image, appropriate to the previously-unknown nature of the subject, which, although Fritsche was selected as a member of the East Germany squad for the 1974 World Cup, is hardly unsurprising as he subsequently played no part in any of his country’s matches in the tournament.

In the interests of a little ‘Ostalgie’, some light Wikipedia research into Joachim Fritsche has unearthed a delightful photograph of our hero in domestic football action, seen here on the left of the image, for Lokomotive Leipzig against Dynamo Dresden, those two romantic East German names of European club competitions of yore.

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