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Preliminary drawing for 'Mon livre d'heures'

  • black ink, paper, background paper
  • 91 x 70.5 mm
  • Inv. 1985-O-36

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The artistic and social significance of Frans Masereel is mainly situated during and between the two world wars. Because of his consistent pacifism he stayed as a political refugee in neutral Geneva from 1914 to 1918. In his woodcuts, he commented on the war and increasingly worked with sharp lines and expressive black and white surfaces. In Mon livre d'heures, his first graphic novel from 1918-1919, he shows another, more optimistic side of himself. On the one hand, the 167 woodcuts hark back to an age-old technique and concept (the title refers to the late-medieval books of hours), but on the other hand, they are surprisingly modern because of their almost filmic dynamism. The story is brimming with vitality and the artist portrays himself as a bon vivant, a do-gooder, an idealist and anarchist. For Masereel it was probably a way of shaking off the oppressive war years. It fitted in perfectly with the cheerful, optimistic 1920s that lay ahead.


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Blankenberge 1889 - Avignon 1972
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Title Preliminary drawing for 'Mon livre d'heures'
Period 20th century
Object type ink drawing
Inventory number 1985-O-36
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300015571 cityscapes (representations) AAT
25H landscapes Iconclass
Keywords Iconclass 31A2319 standing on the head or on the hands Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31D112 child Iconclass
44E42 pylons, power lines Iconclass
46C5 travelling; tourism Iconclass
46C51 stadia of travel Iconclass
46C513 'en route', traveller under way Iconclass
47A1 exterior of industrial structures, factories Iconclass
School / Style Expressionist (style) AAT
Modernist AAT
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Tekeningen, pastels en aquarellen; Inventaris / Moniek Nagels. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 1988 (p. 28)
Thomas Mann und die bildende Kunst (Ausstellung Lübeck, Museum Behnhaus Drägerhaus und Buddenbrookhaus, 13.09.2014 - 06.01.2015) / Alexander Bastek, Anna Marie Pfäfflin, Andreas Blödorn, Rika Grüter, Iris Wenderholm. - Petersberg : Michael Imhof Verlag, 2014
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