Moderne Kunst in Meister-Holzschnitten Band XV (page 1/2)

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Pictures from Moderne Kunst in Meister-Holzschnitten (Modern Art in Master Woodcuts), Vol 15, Berlin, 1895.

I bought this enourmous book from Jan Placák- Gallery Ztichlá klika in Prague in 2019. It’s an “elephant folio” with pages measuring 410×290mm (roughly 11½×16 inches), including many engravings that fill the page or even double-page spreads and fold-outs.

Despite the title, the images are probably engraved on metal, because wood this size was hard to work with.

The date 1901 for this book is provisional; it could be a few years on either side. I took it from an auction catalogue.

I also have Volume I.

Title: Moderne Kunst in Meister-Holzschnitten Band XV

Editor: Bong, Richard

Published by: Richard Bong

City: Berlin

Date: 1901

Total items: 6

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[picture: H Hendrich: Sea Fables]
[picture: Serpentin-Tanzerin [the serpentine dancer]]

Serpentin-Tanzerin [the serpentine dancer]

The German word tänzerin means dancer, but primarily a female one. In this case the title is probably a reference to the film Die Serpentintänzerin which was produced in 1895; the film lasted for only six seconds and showed a barefoot dancer whirling about with a shawl or scarf lifting up over her head as she turned. [more...] [$]

[picture: New Year's Eve Punch]

New Year’s Eve Punch

A bright-eyed young woman holds a glass bowl over her head; it’s filled with punch, an alcoholic drink shared on New Year’s Eve. Out of the bowl arise spirits, or dreams, in pink compared ot the grey-blue of the rest of the picture: a vision [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Border with Green Man and Cherubs]

Border with Green Man and Cherubs

This full-page (landscape) border features two winged cherubs (or putti), one standing on either side, facing three-quarters away from us, the right-hand one holding binoculars up to his eyes. They are standing on an arrangment of vines [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: H Sperling: Horrified]

H Sperling: Horrified

Heinrich Sperling was a German artist known for painting animals, especially dogs and horses, but also cats. His paintings were full of realism but also often humour. Here, in Entsetzt (Horrified), an oil-painter’s pallette-board had becomea playground, the thumb-hole becoming a window for cats to leap in and overturn a saucer of milk in the middle of the green [...] [more...] [$]


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Pictures from Moderne Kunst in Meister-Holzschnitten (Modern Art in Master Woodcuts), Vol 15, Berlin, 1895.

I bought this enourmous book from Jan Placák- Gallery Ztichlá klika in Prague in 2019. It’s an “elephant folio” with pages measuring 410×290mm (roughly 11½×16 inches), including many engravings that fill the page or even double-page spreads and fold-outs.

Despite the title, the images are probably engraved on metal, because wood this size was hard to work with.

The date 1901 for this book is provisional; it could be a few years on either side. I took it from an auction catalogue.

I also have Volume I.


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