The City: A Vision in Woodcuts

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This graphic novel by an Expressionist master offers a stunning depiction of urban Europe between the world wars. First published in Germany in 1925, it presents unforgettable images from the tense and dynamic Weimar period, rendered in 100 woodcuts of remarkable force and beauty.
A pacifist during World War I, Belgian-born Frans Masereel (1889-1972) sympathized with the struggles of the working classes and strived to make his art accessible to ordinary people. His evocative ...
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Overview


This graphic novel by an Expressionist master offers a stunning depiction of urban Europe between the world wars. First published in Germany in 1925, it presents unforgettable images from the tense and dynamic Weimar period, rendered in 100 woodcuts of remarkable force and beauty.
A pacifist during World War I, Belgian-born Frans Masereel (1889-1972) sympathized with the struggles of the working classes and strived to make his art accessible to ordinary people. His evocative woodcuts convey scenes of work and leisure, wealth and deprivation, and joy and loneliness. Banned by the Nazis, Masereel's works were championed in Communist countries; however, the artist steered clear of political affiliations. His clarity of vision transcends any propagandist use of the images, which stand as timeless indictments of oppression and injustice.
Thomas Mann described Masereel's works as "so strangely compelling, so deeply felt, so rich in ideas that one never tires of looking at them." Epic and unflinching in its scope, The City continues to influence modern fine and graphic art, while recapturing the mood of a vanished era.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486447315
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 3/10/2006
  • Series: Dover Fine Art, History of Art Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 838,599
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

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    Good collection of Masereel's prints - What do you expect for $7.95?

    This is not a coffee table art book - just a comprehensive selection that you can expand on if you please to.

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