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The City: A Vision in Woodcutsby Frans Masereel
For years, Frans Masereel's work has been difficult to get a hold of. Now, obscure and out-of-print titles like The City and The Passionate Journey are finally finding their way back into circulation through affordable Dover editions. Cited as the grandfather of the graphic novel, Masereel's beautiful woodcuts reflect the underbelly, working class, and bourgeoisie in urban Europe during the 1920s. Unlike The Passionate Journey, The City has a more refined style and steers away from the narrative form, acting as a meditation on city life. Search out his other titles if you like this one — you won't be sorry.
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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 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.
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 100 woodcuts of remarkable force and beauty that depict scenes of work and leisure, wealth and deprivation, and joy and loneliness.
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