Title Schnackenberg: Kostüme / Plakate und Dekorationen. Dreiundvierzig Tafeln.
Binding Hardcover. Cloth. Paper pastedown on boards.
Book Condition Very Good
Edition Second edition
Publisher Munich Musarion Verlag 1922
Seller ID 005633
Folio, 33.5 by 26 cm. 10 pp., 43 richly colored plates of theatrical posters created by Walter Schnackenberg (1880-1961), who was a Munich-based artist known especially for his theater-related artwork. Heavily influenced by Toulouse-Lautrec, this shows abundantly clearly in his poster art, with its free lines, its brash approach to perspective, its capturing of movement, its embrace of Orientalism and obviously, its subject matter and the type of show women it highlighted. Yet never do the posters come off as throwbacks to the late 19th century; rather, they seem to capture superbly the free-wheeling, daring spirit that flourished in Weimar Germany, especially in its entertainments, and the artwork still comes off as fresh and modern. Schnackenberg's involvement with the theater went beyond the production of posters to include set and costume design. The posters that form this compilation include ones for dance, cabaret and "legitimate" theater, and it is obvious how much in demand Schackenberg must have been in the Bavarian capital of the day. Other than twelve of the plates which are in black and white, a few of which are photo images, the color is brilliant, the result of a pochoir process used, and in a few instances, there is an application of gold. Rebacked inobtrusively with cloth, with original pictorial pastedowns on boards retained. Some light scuffing. Reinforcement to gutters. Toning to the plates.