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Egbert Moehsnang

The suit signs and indices are clear and easily recognisable, and each suit has a different predominant colour. The juxtaposition of traditional craft techniques with abstract modern design could be seen as postmodern.

“I am in search of inside realities.”

Egbert Moehsnang: ‘Abstract Bridge’

Using XV century card making technology, i.e. copperplate engraving, Egbert Moehsnang (b.1927- ) follows the tradition of master craftsmen and artists who create original playing card designs. Moehsnang allows his creative freedom full expression in these “Abstract Bridge” cards which were first produced in a limited edition of 80 hand-made sets. Later the cards were printed by AGM Müller in 1978.

It doesn't matter if you hold the cards up-side-down. The suit signs and indices are clear and easily recognisable, and each suit has a different predominant colour. The juxtaposition of traditional craft techniques with abstract modern design could be seen as postmodern i.e. based on the view that reality is not mirrored in human understanding, but is constructed as the mind tries to understand its own personal reality...

See also:  Jass Allemand.

“Abstract Bridge” playing cards, printed from copperplate engravings and hand-coloured with stencils by Egbert Moehsnang, c.1975

Above: “Abstract Bridge” playing cards, printed from copperplate engravings and hand-coloured with stencils by Egbert Moehsnang, c.1975.

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By Simon Wintle

Member since February 01, 1996

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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.


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