frans masereel


Frans Masereel (Blankenberge 1889-07-30 > Avignon 1972-01-03) is probably my favourite graphic artist ever, especially his work before the second world war. I’m especially fond of his woodcut novels “Die Sonne” (1919), “Mon livre d’heures” / “Mein Stundenbuch” (1919), “Histoire sans paroles” (1920), “Die Idee” (1920 / 1927) and “Die Stadt” (1925). (I’m not too sure in which language the original titles were.) You can find “Die idee” and “Die Stadt” here; the latter is also online via New Partisan or Nebulous Cargo, or via Graphic Witness (click on the image to see the next one). Or why not go for the wonderful large format reprint ofLa ville” (“Die Stadt)” by éditions Cent Pages (2008-04-18, ISBN 9782916390048)? As for Masereel’s turbulent yet inspiring life: you can read / download Joris Van Parys‘ superb biography in Dutch for free here, unless you’d rather find the French translation (published by Labor, ISBN 9782507000868) or the German translation (by Edition 8, ISBN 9783859900011). (Incidentally: how come so many book publishers have such lousy sites?)


About Snaporaz

Started my blog on Posterous (snaporaz), moved it to WordPress (zaropans because the original name was taken).
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