Frans Masereel

In the 1926 foreword to the Flemish artist Frans Masereel’s (1889 – 1972) “Passionate Journey” Thomas Mann wrote, “today, as it did five hundred years ago, this type of image requires nothing but a piece of peartree-wood, a small knife–and a man’s genius.”

How true. While the age of digital information and technology, has made it possible for many to pursue new media for art, staying power, as always, is defined, not by technology or medium of expression, but the effective communication. On that note, Mansreel, was an anti-war artist, in the likes of Goya, Capa and others. With a personal interest in the subject of the art of war, I am never sure if artistic expression of war – really contributes to social change.

Frans Masereel. The City. 1925. Woodcut.
Frans Masereel. The City. 1925. Woodcut.

 

Frans Masereel. Geschäftsmann (Businessman). 1920. Woodcut.
Frans Masereel. Geschäftsmann (Businessman). 1920. Woodcut.
Frans Masereel. Arise, You Dead. 1917. Woodcut.
Frans Masereel. Arise, You Dead. 1917. Woodcut.