Panther (bookplate), 1926
This is the most sought after color plate from the rare, authoritative book on the work of Munich's Ludwig Hohlwein by Professor Frenzel of 1926.
Hohlwein is a seminal figure in the history of poster art and graphic design. The incredibly versatile artist and decorator was originally trained as an architect and by 1904, at the age of 30, turned his attention to advertising. Completely self-taught as a graphic designer, he was strongly influenced by the revolutionary work of the Beggarstaff Brothers in England and rejected the decorative flourishes of the preceding Art Nouveau style. Hohlwein was a master illustrator of extreme skill and nuance, and created rich characterizations that were emboldened by flat, geometric patterns of striking color.
Highly productive, Hohlwein created more than 400 posters, many of them featuring animals and hunting scenes. Leading poster historian Alain Weill considers him "the most prolific and brilliant German posterist of the 20th century."
8.9 x 11.6 inches (23 x 29 cm)
Poster Style (Plakatstil)