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The History of Press Graphics (1819-1921)

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Delve into the golden age of graphic journalism with this expansive compendium spanning 1819 to 1921.

In an era dominated by instant snapshots and constant connectivity, the illustrated press emerges as a rare art form, celebrating images as crucial as text.

Featuring works by renowned artists like Jean Cocteau, Juan Gris, and Käthe Kollwitz, the collection also highlights lesser-known "special artists" such as Thomas Nast and Honoré Daumier.

Beyond its historical context, this compendium explores the genre's pioneering influence on modern art, showcasing proto-cinematic narrative thinking, disruptions of image space, and ventures into abstraction.

The book delves into Vincent Van Gogh's fascination with the illustrated press, viewing it not just artistically but as a source of inspiration for social reform, positioning it as a "Bible for Artists." A tribute to a distinctive and influential genre, this compendium unveils the avant-garde aesthetics shaped by the illustrated press during its heyday.


  • 1.9" H x 15.0" L x 9.8" W (9.3 lbs) 604 pages
  • Released 04/28/2023
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9783836507868

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