- a great woodcut artist, pioneer of the wordless novel
. You can see all of his 1925 Die Stadt (The City)
and Landscapes and Voices
(1929) at Graphic Witness
(Though his Passionate Journey
is one of my favorite books.)
"First published in Germany in 1925 The City is a portrait of urban Europe between the wars, told in one hundred woodcuts of exceptional force and beauty. Frans Masereel portrays parks and factories, shipyards and brothels, crowds, lovers, and lonely individuals with remarkable subtlety and nuance while exploiting the stark contrast of the woodcut medium.
This is not a medieval woodcut!
Though it appears everywhere
, this particular woodcut has been repeatedly mis-identified and used most often to support the idea that the medieval world thought the earth was flat
, an idea whose inception can be traced to this man
, a fiction writer who not only wrote this
but also this