Walter Schnackenberg 5

Another harvest of images from one of my favorite artists, Walter Schnackenberg (1880–1961). I’m starting to wonder if a proper book overview of his work will even be published in my lifetime.
I pulled most of the images from various expired auction or bookseller listings of the rare publication Kostume / Plakate Und Dekorationen. It’s currently selling for $4000 online so I’m satisfied with these somewhat scrappy photos and scans. It includes “31 color lithograph plates, eight photographic plates and five black and white plates of poster, advertising and costume design.”
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from Jugend

from Jugend

costume designs!

costume designs!

costume designs!

in his studio with model

for Jugend 1915

for Jugend 1915

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Repeated from the first post (Sept. 2008):
There doesn’t seem to be much info on him on the web. Here’s a bio from the non-site walterschnackenberg.com: Born in Bad Lauterburg in 1880, Walter Schnackenberg found his vocation as a draughtsman and painter while still very young. At 19 he went to Munich, where he at first attended Heinrich Knirr’s painting school before going on directly, like so many of his contemporaries, to study at the Franz von Stuck Academy. Drawing is Schnackenberg’s strong point. His lively imagination made him particularly good at caricature. He drew for the celebrated magazines ‘Jugend’ and ‘Simplizissimus’. His themes were theatre and the comic muse. Travelling extensively, Schnackenberg often went to Paris, where he was especially interested in the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. As a print-maker, Schnackenberg devoted himself mainly to poster art and his most mature work is in this genre. He was also well-known as a designer of stage scenery and costumes. With his evident preference for frivolous ladies, he was highly fashionable in his day. Schnackenberg does not have the acutely critical approach of a Grosz or a Hubbuch. Instead, his works resemble those of Jeanne Mammen, who devoted herself to portraying pert Berlin girls. During the late phase of his career, Schnackenberg introduced surreal elements into his work. People with bestial, mask-like faces were intended to symbolize the unsatisfied lusts and addictions of the petty bourgeois. Schnackenberg spent his last years in Rosenheim and died there in 1961.

By: 50 Watts
Via: Feedbin Starred Entries
Source: http://j.mp/1kz1AFm

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