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

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.

            Back


Return to The Mary Page

This page, maintained by The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio 45469-1390, and created by Kris Sommers , was last modified Thursday, 04/22/2004 15:12:54 EDT by Kris Sommers . Please send any comments to jroten1@udayton.edu.