Catalog / German painters' books and portfolios in the 20th century / The Classen Collection

Catalog / German painters' books and portfolios in the 20th century / The Classen Collection

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The lavishly illustrated and knowledgeably annotated inventory catalog of the Classen Collection in the Pablo Picasso Art Museum in Münster offers a compendium of German painting books of the 20th century. The almost one hundred prominent examples of these extremely imaginative products show the congeniality between poets and graphic creative artists.


In the first half of the 20th century, the painter's book also experienced a special heyday in German art. Daring publishers and art dealers like Harry Graf Kessler with his Weimar Cranach press, Fritz Gurlitt and Paul Cassirer in Berlin were at the beginning. But many committed small publishers have also contributed to the endless variety of topics in international book culture with witty and profound illustrations and avant-garde typography. With this nobly designed volume, the Classen Collection is able to provide a maximum of representative clarity from its extensive holdings.

Ernst Barlach, Aubrey Beardsley, Max Beckmann, Marcus Behmer, Lovis Corinth, Edward Gordon Craig, Otto Dix, Eric Gill, Hap Grieshaber, Thomas Theodor Heine, Karl Hofer, Ludwig von Hofmann, Reinhold Rudolf Junghanns, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gustav Klimt, Max Klinger, Rudolf Koch, Oskar Kokoschka, Gerhart Kraaz, Fritz Kredel, Oskar Laske, Melchior Lechter, Max Liebermann, Aristide Maillol, Gerhard Marcks, Hans Meid, Jules Pascin, Max Pechstein, Max Peiffer Watenphul, Roswitha Quadflieg, Imre Reiner, Otto Rohse, Hermann Schardt, Emil Schumacher, Richard Seewald, Renée Sintenis, Max Slevogt, Kurt Steinel, Henry van de Velde, Heinrich Vogeler, Karl Walser, Emil Rudolf Weiss

Edited by Markus Müller for the Pablo Picasso Art Museum in Münster
With contributions by Ann-Katrin Hahn and Markus Müller
328 pages, 550 color illustrations, German, Hirmer Verlag

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