- Full Description
Artwork from issues #13-18 of the twice-monthly magazine Der Orchideengarten. This bizarre German fantasy magazine is acknowledged as a predecessor of Weird Tales, collecting outré stories and art. Includes work by Heinrich Kley, Beardsley, Tony Johannot, and a host of names entirely unknown to us. While the literary content is historically significant, many of the stories have been reprinted, so the focus here is on what has gone undocumented: the incredible artworks that illustrated these stories--ranging from peculiar medieval etchings to occult woodblocks to expressionist visions -- all balancing the romantic and the gothic with hyper-elegant sophistication.
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
The illustrations are captured from high-resolution scans made from a pristine collection in the Century Guild museum archive, and the accompanying text documents extensive research to support the artworks and verify the artists whose names were not listed in the publication.
Der Orchideengarten is a legendary German supernatural horror magazine, published from January 1919 until November 1921--four years before the iconic American magazine Weird Tales began.
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. 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!
- Additional Information
Item Code ARTD03 Publisher Century Guild Publish Date 2018 ISBN 9781947528031 Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 5x9 # Pages 80pg Color Partial Color