13 Attempts to Become a Rooster - 1

Wolfgang Lettl1977

Lettl Collection

Lettl Collection
Augsburg, Germany

The series "13 Attempts to Become a Rooster" dates back to the years 1977/78.

The series may be considered a surreal Curriculum Vitae.

The bottom half of this first image shows Wolfgang Lettl's index finger (at age 58) breaking through an eggshell and pointing straight up. At the left upper edge of the image there is a figure whose whole arm is pointing in one direction. Upon closer examination it turns out to be Vladimir Ilyitsch Lenin as he is often depicted, pointing left.

In 1919, the year of Wolfgang Lettl's birth, the Communist International was founded on Lenin's initiative and Lenin was at the pinnacle of his authority. The appearance of Lenin in this image clearly shows that Wolfgang Lettl's life was greatly influenced by political circumstances.


  • Title: 13 Attempts to Become a Rooster - 1
  • Creator: Wolfgang Lettl
  • Creator Lifespan: 1919/2008
  • Creator Nationality: German
  • Creator Death Place: Augsburg
  • Creator Birth Place: Augsburg
  • Date Created: 1977
  • Location Created: Augsburg
  • Style: Surrealism
  • Physical Dimensions: w35 x h32,5 cm (without frame)
  • Original Title: 13 Versuche ein Hahn zu werden - 1
  • Subject Keywords: Surrealism, Vladimir Ilyitsch Lenin, Lettl, rooster, egg
  • Type: Oil painting
  • Rights: Florian Lettl
  • External Link: 13 Attempts at Becoming a Rooster - Number 1 - 13 _, _ VIDEO: Die Anfänge
  • Medium: medium-density fibreboard, oil paint
  • Art Movement: surrealism
  • Art Form: painting in oil

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