Collection of 14 World War I Print Portfolios by German Artists. Including works by René Beeh, Emma Frenberg, Karl Bober, Bruno Kraustopf, Ursla Stolte, Paul Hartmann, Elsa Weigandt, Erich Dietrich, Hilde Schindler, Georg Mathen, Editha Quaas, Joshua Bampp, Paul Winkler, Josef Eberz, Fritz Gärtner, Erich Gruner, Willi Geiger, Carl Christoph Hartig, Luigi Kasimir, Hermann Struck, Richard Müller and Heinrich Vogeler. Munich, Berlin, etc., 1914-1917. (47377)
The First World War may have been the last global conflict to be so comprehensively illustrated and interpreted by graphic artists. Only a few decades later, Capra and the photographers who followed his example would claim battlefield documentation largely for the camera. With the centennial of the war’s commencement looming next year, F.A. Bernett Books has acquired a collection of print portfolios that demonstrate how German visual artists represented and responded to the Great War.
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Pan. Years I-V (all published). Edited by Julius Meier-Graefe and Otto Julius Bierbaum. A complete run of all five years, bound in 21 parts as issued (altogether 347, 351, 266, 267, 279 pp.) Sm. folio. Orig. wrpps., a few chips and tears at edges, some covers professionally repaired. Berlin (Genossenschaft Pan) 1895-1899. (45601)
Pan. Cover detail. Jahrgang 1, no. 1. April/May 1895.
In the late 19th Century, a new moon was rising over the old continent. Some caught sight of its glinting rays more quickly than others. In Berlin, the fiercely intellectual, young art critic Julius Meier-Graefe drew on his connections in Paris, Stockholm, Vienna and London to illuminate the pages of an ambitious new arts journal with works by the era’s brightest stars in painting and the graphic arts, among them Toulouse-Lautrec, Signac, Seurat, Vallotton and Zorn.
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Kitazawa Yoshio, Hamada Masuji, Wantanabe Soshu, Tatsuke Yoichiro, et al. Gendai Shogyo Bijutsu Zenshu. (“The Complete Commercial Artist”). 24-volume-illustrated series (each vol. approx. 100-150 pp. including plates). 4to. Wrpps. Tokyo (Ars) 1927-1930. (46209)
Over the past five years or so, a loose cadre of visual data miners at blogs including BibliOdyssey, 50 Watts, but does it float, Accidental Mysteries, Agence Eureka, and La Boite Verte (to name but a few) have collectively developed an on-line pictorial archive of inestimable value to artists and graphic designers who wish to renew their powers in the streams of history. [click to continue…]