Frans Masereel (Belgium/French, 1889-1972)
Man Reading Under a Lamppost

Masereel is the master of the book without words, a narrative convention that depends on the power and persuasion of the image alone to create a story.  He tells a human drama of trying to come to grips with modernity in books such as Passionate Journey, a novel told in 165 woodcuts.  When one is familiar with the work of this artist, it is not hard to believe that his character here has found a Bible to direct his faltering steps.



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