Toned Paper Drawings
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Pen and brown ink, brush with brown wash, roughly 17 x 7 inches (42 x 18 cm); in the collection of the Getty Museum, which has both a zoomable and downloadable version of the image.
It is the second, warmer version of the image that I've used above. Not having see the original, I don't know which is more accurate (museums are not always accurate in the posting of images of work in their collections), so I've simply gone with the version I like better.
This is another in a wonderful series of drawings by 16th century artist Frederico Zuccaro of his elder brother Taddeo drawing from ancient statues in Rome. This was common practice in the way that artists trained, and continues to this day in those art schools and ateliers that hew to the classic or academic training the preceded the advent of modernist doctrine.
Ultraculture friends Century Guild are Kickstarting a collection of illustrations Der Orchideengarten or The Orchids-garden, the world's first fantasy magazine and a precursor of the legendary Weird Tales.
Among the many authors published by Der Orchideengarten were Voltaire, Guy de Maupassant, Victor Hugo, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe, Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, H. G. Wells, E. T. A. Hoffman and many, many more. Featured artists were Gustav Dore, Tony Johannot, Rolf von Hoerschelmann and many of the leading lights of German weird art.
This is an incredible chance to own a truly beautiful piece of the history of weird literature. Some of the book's otherworldly and macabre images are reproduced below.
Der Orchideengarten is a legendary German supernatural horror magazine published from January 1919 until November 1921.
The Orchid Garden: Diabolical Fantasia thoroughly covers a carefully curated selection of magnificent and macabre illustrations from the issues published in 1919.
Founded four years before the iconic American magazine Weird Tales launched in March 1923, Der Orchideengarten is considered to be the first fantasy magazine.
Published after the First World War when German art was at its height of decadence and debauchery, the magazine included a wide selection of new and reprinted stories by both German-language and foreign writers ranging from suspense and terror to crime and the eerily-erotic.
While the literary content is historically significant, many of the stories have been reprinted in multiple places across the last century; we have focused our attention on what has gone undocumented: the incredible artworks that illustrated these stories.
The artworks range from peculiar medieval etchings to occult woodblocks to expressionist visions- all balancing the romantic and the gothic with hyper-elegant sophistication.Der Orchideengarten gets mentioned frequently on blogs, at fantasy conventions, and at certain full-moon cauldron gatherings, but the same low-resolution images get shared over and over again. This book is an opportunity to explore the 1919 publication in depth, with high resolution scans made from a pristine collection!
For nearly 20 years, Century Guild has devoted itself to building and presenting an archive of important artworks that define the origins of popular culture. We've prepared the materials, and by pre-ordering a copy and spreading the word, you can help us make a documentation of this very rare and very obscure magazine come to life.
You can see the promo site for the project, which includes the Kickstarter information, here!