ludwig richter 2

29 05 2018

following I wanna show you in great detail some of my most favorite woodcut illustrations, created by LUDWIG RICHTER, 1803 – 1884, probably the most famous illustrator of the german romantic ‘biedermeier’ era. you can find a lot more information about him and his art technique in earlier posts here and here.

ludwig richter

© ludwig richter


rené georges hermann-paul

24 10 2013

RENE GEORGES HERMANN-PAUL, 1864 – 1940, was a well known french illustrator and fine artist who was published in numerous newspapers. during his time he was exhibited in galleries together with MATISSE and TOULOUSE-LAUTREC. he criticized the atrocities of the first world war in his art, later his work shows notions of patriotism and pacifism. during WW1 metal becomes rare since it is being used for weapons, a main reason for PAUL to shift from etching to woodcut. he concentrates on this technique to his death. this media helped to accentuate the sparse style and simplified forms that characterized his illustrations. one of his woodcut series, he published after the end of WW1, is stunning, LA DANSE MACABRE, – you can see it below.

herman paul 1
herman paul 2
herman paul 3

© rené georges hermann-paul

the rat catcher

4 10 2011

based on a medieval german fairy tale THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN czechoslovak film director JIRI BARTA produced in 1986 the 53 min long puppet-animated movie THE PIED PIPER ( ‘Krysař’ in czech, what means THE RAT CATCHER ). the whole jiří trnka studio KRATKY FILM was involved in what was one of the most ambitious projects in the history of Czech animation. research and preproduction time took six months, the filming with puppets up to 60 cm tall one year. barta’s ‘horror’-film creates a striking contrast to the disney version of the pied piper legend as a children’s comedy, his fascinating metaphor for a society focused on material demands comes to life in a very artistic style, heavily influenced by german expressionistic painters like EMIL NOLDE, MAX BECKMANN, ERICH HECKEL, CARL HOFER, ERNST LUDWIG KIRCHNER, MAX PECHSTEIN, KARL SCHMIDT-ROTTLUFF and KAETHE KOLLWITZ – but as well by medieval wooden sculpture artists like JOERG SYRLIN, HANS MULTSCHER and TILMAN RIEMENSCHNEIDER. interesting is the similarity in the tilted angles and twisted shapes in the environment of the 1920 silent horror film THE CABINET OF DR.CALIGARI directed by ROBERT WIENE. below some of the stylized sets of the puppet-animated film and the reference art that was probably used.

…following a collection of reference art that could have been used

© kratky film prague