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Perpetuating The Myth

d2I was hunting public domain zombie silhouettes for the cover of Giovanni Goes To Med School when I came across these images of fairies. While I don’t ascribe to the theory of fairies as delicate, wee beings, these are lovely silhouettes, called the ‘Divine Youth’ series, dated 1911.

d4Their creator is Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach. He was a sort-of hippie guru who painted very dark paintings of mythology and lived in communes devoted to nature and helping others. This was partly a search for self and partly a reaction to the late 1800s decline and eventual collapse of the great ruling dynasties of Europe, contributing to the social unrest that culminated in World War I.

I had a little trouble researching Karl because I don’t read German, so please, weigh in if you know more about this enigmatic artist!



2 comments on “Perpetuating The Myth

  1. kathybryson
    September 18, 2015

    Me too!

  2. llewe25
    September 13, 2015

    Those are very nice. I like early 20th art.

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