Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (1885 - 1939)

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz - Azot, Fosfór i Arsen (z cyklu kompozycji chemicznych) (tech. mieszana), 1918Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Arsenic (from the cycle of chemical compositions) 

 Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz - Leo and Hercules, 1918Leo and Hercules, 1918 

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz - Fantastic Composition (Vision with masks), 1920Fantastic Composition (Vision with masks), 1920 

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz - Green Eye Composition, 1918Green Eye Composition, 1918

 Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz - Composition 1922Composition 1922

 Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz - The Gravedigger's MonologueThe Gravedigger's Monologue 

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz - Fight, 1921-22Fight, 1921-22 

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz - Creating the World, 1921-22Creating the World, 1921-22 

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz - Satan, 1920Satan, 1920 

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz - Marysia and Burek in Ceylon, 1920-21Marysia and Burek in Ceylon, 1920-21 

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz - Story, 1922Story, 1922 

 Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz - Capricornus, 1918Capricornus, 1918 


 "A struggle between nonsensical and indescribable things. A row of chambers turned into an underground circus. Strange beasts appeared in the loges. The crowd was a mixed bag, an audience half-animal, half-human. The loges turned into bathtubs, connected to urinals in the Mexican or Aztec style. A sense at times of two layers of visibility: the images in the depths were chiefly black and white, while the background had putrid red and dirty lemon-yellow diagonal stripes. The majority of the visions had beasts of land and sea and horrible human faces. Giraffes whose necks and heads turned into snakes growing out of their bodies. A ram with a flamingo nose hung with pink guts. Indian cobras slithered out of the ram, then the whole thing crumbled into a mass of snakes." - quote excerpt from the artist describing tripping on peyote, read more here.


"Shortly after Poland was invaded by Germany in September 1939, Witkiewicz escaped with his young lover Czesława to the rural frontier town of Jeziory, in what was then eastern Poland. After hearing the news of the Soviet invasion of Poland on 17 September 1939, Witkacy committed suicide on 18 September by taking a drug overdose and trying to slit his wrists. He convinced Czesława to attempt suicide with him by consuming Luminal, but she survived. The film Mystification 2010, written and directed by Jacek Koprowicz proposed that Witkiewicz faked his own death and lived secretly in Poland until 1968."  - quote from biography on the artist found at Wikipedia.

Sunday, October 04, 2020

Nika Goltz (1925–2012)

Nika Goltz - The Snow QueenIllustration from "The Snow Queen"
  Nika Goltz - The Little WitchIllustration from "The Little Witch"
  Nika Goltz - Alexander Sharov. Wizards come to the people. The book about fairy tales and storytellers.Illustration from Alexander Sharov's "Wizards Come to the People" The book about Fairy Tales and Storytellers.
  Nika Goltz - The Little Water-SpriteIllustration from Otfried Preussler's "The Little Water-Sprite"
  Nika Goltz - English Folk Tales, Illustration 03Nika Goltz - English Folk Tales, Illustration 02 Nika Goltz - English Folk Tales, Illustration 01Illustrations from "English Folk Tales"
  Nika Goltz - The Little Mermaid, Illustration 01Nika Goltz - The Little Mermaid, Illustration 03 Nika Goltz - The Little Mermaid, Illustration 02Illustrations from Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid"
  Nika Goltz - Scottish Folk Tales and Legends , Illustration 03Nika Goltz - Scottish Folk Tales and Legends , Illustration 01 Nika Goltz - Scottish Folk Tales and Legends , Illustration 02 Illustrations from "Scottish Folk Tales and Legends" 

Nika Goltz - The Little Ghost, Illustration 01Nika Goltz - The Little Ghost, Illustration 02 Nika Goltz - The Little Ghost, Illustration 03 Nika Goltz - The Little Ghost, Illustration 04 Nika Goltz - The Little Ghost, Illustration 05 Nika Goltz - The Little Ghost, Illustration 06
Illustrations from  Otfried Preußler's "The Little Ghost"

Most artworks found at Book Graphics. 

 Artist previously shared here.

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Ernst Emil Schlatter (1883 - 1954)

Ernst Emil Schlatter - The Great Horror, Nebelspalter, 1924The Great Horror - Nebelspalter, 1924 

Ernst Emil Schlatter - The New Teachings, Nebelspalter, 1922The New Teachings - Nebelspalter, 1922 

Ernst Emil Schlatter - Message From Far Away, Nebelspalter, 1922Message From Far Away - Nebelspalter, 1922 

 Ernst Emil Schlatter - Education, Nebelspalter, 1923Education - Nebelspalter, 1923 

Ernst Emil Schlatter - The Frightened, Nebelspalter, 1920'sThe Frightened - Nebelspalter, 1920's 

Ernst Emil Schlatter - Court Session, Nebelspalter, 1924Court Session - Nebelspalter, 1924 

Ernst Emil Schlatter - Admonition, Nebelspalter, 1923Admonition - Nebelspalter, 1923

 Ernst Emil Schlatter - Duel, Nebelspalter, 1920'sDuel - Nebelspalter, 1920's 

Ernst Emil Schlatter - Surprise, Nebelspalter, 1923Surprise - Nebelspalter, 1923 

Ernst Emil Schlatter - Teasing, Nebelspalter, 1924Teasing - Nebelspalter, 1924 

Ernst Emil Schlatter - Internalized Walk, Nebelspalter, 1920'sInternalized Walk - Nebelspalter, 1920's 

 Ernst Emil Schlatter - Pursuit, Nebelspalter, 1920'sPursuit - Nebelspalter, 1920's 

Ernst Emil Schlatter - Indoctrination, Nebelspalter, 1923Indoctrination - Nebelspalter, 1923

 Ernst Emil Schlatter - Admonition, Nebelspalter, 1924Admonition - Nebelspalter, 1924

 Ernst Emil Schlatter - Example, Nebelspalter, 1924Example - Nebelspalter, 1924 

 Ernst Emil Schlatter - Penitential Sermon, Nebelspalter, 1920's Penitential Sermon - Nebelspalter, 1920's

Artworks originally published in Swiss humor magazine "Nebelspalter" from the 1920's.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Richard Taylor (1902 - 70) - The Document

Richard Taylor - The Document

"Although Taylor is most known for his gag cartoons which poked fun at society, and humorous illustrations for a variety of books (Fractured French, My Husband Keeps Telling Me To Go To Hell, Half a Dollar Is Better Than None etc), it seems his private passion–and one he would pursue til late in life without seeking commercial benefit–was fantasy art. Taylor created a fantasy world called Frodokom, in which he based an entire series of watercolor, print and oil paintings that featured surrealistic creatures and landscapes. Maurice Horn’s Encyclopedia of Cartooning says of Taylor’s work “There is an individuality to his large-eyed, heavy lidded characters that makes one think of fairy tales and other worlds…” In the mid 1930s, he created 40 illustrations for Worm’s End, an adult fantasy book by Lionel Reed." - quote source. 

 Artwork found at Heritage Auctions. 

 A selection of Arkham House book covers by Taylor were previously shared here.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Jakub Erol (1941 - 2018) Polish Film Posters

Jakub Erol - Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1983Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1983 Jakub Erol - Alien, 1980Alien, 1980 Jakub Erol - I Like Bats, 1986I Like Bats, 1986 Jakub Erol - Romancing the Stone, 1984Romancing the Stone, 1984 Jakub Erol - Christine, 1983Christine, 1983 Jakub Erol - Women Doctors, 1984Women Doctors, 1984 Jakub Erol - Devils, 1984Devils, 1984 Jakub Erol - Magic Fires, 1983Magic Fires, 1983 Jakub Erol - Ultimatum, 1984Ultimatum, 1984 Jakub Erol - Amadeus, 1986Amadeus, 1986 Jakub Erol - Bermuda Triangle, 1987Bermuda Triangle, 1987 Jakob Erol - Pigs, 1972Pigs, 1972 Jakob Erol - Private Investigation, 1987Private Investigation, 1987 Jakub Erol - Runaway Train, 1988Runaway Train, 1988 Short Film About Killing, 1988Short Film About Killing, 1988