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Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration #12

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Continuing the delve into back numbers of Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration, the German periodical of art and decoration. Volume 12 covers the period from April 1903 to September 1903, and this edition opens with a feature on the French Art Nouveau artist and designer George de Feure. This is followed by more from sculptor Franz Metzner including some of his designs for Germany’s many Bismarck monuments. Earlier volumes of DK&D have featured similar Bismarck designs by other architects but they tend to be as ponderous as you’d expect, the kind of thing which nationalists of the time would have found grand but which to our eyes look either pompous or—at their worst—quasi-fascist. Another feature on artist Paul Bürck finishes the edition. As before, anyone wishing to see these samples in greater detail is advised to download the entire volume at the Internet Archive. There’ll be more DK&D next week.

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A sphinx-shaped tomb (?) by Franz Metzner that’s almost sinister enough to be the model for the entrance to the Morlocks’ lair in The Time Machine.

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A lengthy feature on the drawings of Joseph Sattler shows the artist’s macabre side. I’ve seen this stamping skeleton before but little else of his work which tends towards depictions of medieval life.

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The Goethe monument at Darmstadt created by Ludwig Habich. Wikimedia Commons has a view of the statue as it is today looking somewhat weathered and with graffiti around its genitals.

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Paul Bürck’s drawings this time round include some odd fantasy pieces and caricatures.

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Previously on { feuilleton }
Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration #11
Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration #10: Turin and Vienna
Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration #10: Heinrich Vogeler
Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration #9
Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration #8
Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration #7
Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration #6
Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration #5
Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration #4
Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration #2
Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration #1
Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration
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  1. #1 posted by Gabriel McCann

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    ” almost sinister enough to be the model for the entrance to the Morlocks’ lair in The Time Machine”

    You mean this one?
    http://reflectionsonfilmandtelevision.blogspot.com/2008/09/cult-movie-review-time-machine-1960.html

    Which do you prefer. Time Machine or Forbidden Planet?

    http://ericknowsitall.com/wp-content/uploads/forbidden-planet-and-LOST.jpg

    Gotta love Anne Francis
    http://monstermemories.blogspot.com/2008/08/forbidden-planet-part-1.html

  2. #2 posted by John

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    Both films have their good points but I’d probably choose The Time Machine since it’s HG Wells, my favourite writer when I was 11. Forbidden Planet has great music and effects–and the story is The Tempest, of course–but all the US-Navy-in-space business lets things down a little.

    Virgil Finlay did a great version of the Morlock sphinx:

    http://larklanegallery.com/stuff/vftimemachine.htm

  3. #3 posted by Gabriel McCann

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    My favourite writer when I was 11 was Mark Twain. If you read things like
    http://www.positiveatheism.org/hist/twainlfe.htm
    at a very young age
    it certainly makes up for being educated at a Christian Bros school
    :-)
    Nice Sphinx.

  4. #4 posted by Piotr

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    I didn’t know Paul Bürck, these drawings remind me of Kubin’s. Anyway, these explorations in DKD are always interesting !

 


 

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