Sunday, October 30, 2005

Frans Masereel
Masereel was a young man during World War I, and as a pacifist he went to Switzerland to take part in anti-war activity. Throughout his life he produced some of the most powerful and inspirational anti-war images and life-affirming graphic illustrations for books and the radical press. It is not surprising that his work was banned by the Nazis. He pioneered stories without words using black and white illustrations to depict the excitement and corruption of city life. Illustrator Sue Coe has put together a page of about Masereel on her Graphic Witness site which includes Die Stadt, and other works.