“The book bridges the gap between the largely forgotten field of press graphics and firmly established art figures and movements.”
“…graphics that changed the history of illustrated newspapers… an often overlooked medium.”
“What a colossal achievement. History of Press Graphics by Alexander Roob is instantly a definitive work.”
History of Press Graphics. 1819–1921Hardcover, 9.7 x 14.6 in., 10.78 lb, 604 pages80Edition: English, French, German Availability: In Stock
History of Press Graphics. 1819–192180
The Golden Age of Graphic Journalism
Spanning from 1819 to 1921, the collection covers a broad range of news graphics and political and satirical cartoons. Alongside the works of renowned artists such as Jean Cocteau, Juan Gris, and Käthe Kollwitz, the most famous illustrators of the time are also well represented. Thomas Nast, Honoré Daumier, Gustave Doré, and the numerous relatively unknown press graphic artists, the so-called “special artists,” whose work is rediscovered here.
Their rich and varied press work is considered not only in connection to the genre and the historical painting of the 19th century but also in its capacity as a pioneering influence on modern art. With striking examples of proto-cinematic narrative thinking, disruptions of the single image space, and daring forays into abstraction, this material is shown to have laid the groundwork for much of the avant-garde artistic expression that followed.
The book also explores Vincent Van Gogh's careful attention to the illustrated press of his time. He was inspired not only by the artistic aspect of it but also by the spirit of social reform that it represented. An avid collector, he owned a large number of press graphics and went so far as to consider it a "Bible for Artists".
Alexander Roob taught graphics and painting at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg and the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. In 2005 he co-founded the Melton Prior Institute in Düsseldorf, which specializes in the history of pictorial journalism and print culture. His TASCHEN titles include the best-selling Alchemy & Mysticism and The History of Press Graphics. 1819-1921.
History of Press Graphics. 1819–1921Hardcover, 24.6 x 37.2 cm, 4.89 kg, 604 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-0786-8Edition: English, French, German
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