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Passionate Journey: A Vision in Woodcuts (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
 
 

Passionate Journey: A Vision in Woodcuts (Dover Fine Art, History of Art) [Kindle Edition]

Frans Masereel
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Frans Masereel was one of the greatest woodcut artists of the 20th century. This graphic novel is considered his masterpiece. A novel in pictures, we follow our hero from the first bustling frame to the last haunting image and discover a spirit in quest, existing in a world of good and evil, love and heartbreak. Includes a wonderful introduction by Thomas Mann.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 46126 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (20 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A0B0EZ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #475,501 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a transcendant, wordless novel 31 May 1996
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Frans Masereel made this "Novel in 165 Woodcuts" in 1919. With these 165 beautifully stark images, Masereel tells the story of a man's life - his love, his grief, his awe, his despair - without using a single word. "Passionate Journey" unfolds like a silent film; its attempt to communicate the reality of a lived life across boundaries of language (and literacy) gives it a quality of spiritual striving and - ultimately - transcendence. A small, luminous masterpiece.

"Look at these powerful black-and-white figures, their features etched in light and shadow. You will be captivated from beginning to end..." - Thomas Mann
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and powerful book 1 Nov 2011
By Ilana
Format:Paperback
The Passionate journey is a novel without words. The pictures are simple and powerful woodcuts, in black and white, each picture telling about the life of a young man coming to the big city, about love, passion, politics and disappoinment. It is intensly moving sand beautiful. Frans Masareel was a master woodcutter in the 20's, and his work is expressionistic.
I first came across it many years ago, and this book was bought as a gift .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent 9 Nov 2012
By Dr R TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I would just echo what the other reviewers have said and point out that Masereel's work extends beyond woodcuts although it is these that create the greatest impression. His work also continued beyond the 1920s and he died in 1972 at the age of 82.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful biography -- 17 Dec 2006
By wiredweird - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
-- or is it? Masereel's remarkable little book declines to explain itself.

These 165 expressive woodcuts present snapshots from the life of one man, or so we assume. He's not all that special - he's not a great hero, leader, or lover, though he's each at one point or another. He doesn't rise above or sink below anyone else, except in the usual ways. As with Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man," this book celebrates the ordinary. And, when seen in such detail, the ordinary becomes quite extraordinary.

The book opens with the un-named man's arrival by train. The crowd and surroundings excite him, as does the mechanism of the train itself. Then, he's off to his new life in the city. We see that life in an uneven, even surreal pace. Masereel's vivid, expressive images hopscotch through the years of his life. Sequences of unrelated images seem to compress years into just a few pages. Other times, long sequences examine individual stories in detail - the adoption of a daughter, his happiness in her, and her final illness and death may be the most moving. It's a life-changing event, and sets the anonymous man off on a lengthy voyage, perhaps to lose himself or to find himself again. He returns to the city life, and eventually retires. The imagery changes radically at this point. It suggests Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" and "Starry Night," and also hints at Van Gogh's death.

Or maybe not. The imagery speaks volumes, but speaks a different volume to each viewer - and will probably speak differently to me when I read it again. Although it's an illustrated story, it's not for children. It is for anyone who wants to see the grandparents of today's illustrated fiction, or who appreciates woodcut in itself. This Dover edition is a beautiful reproduction, with richly saturated blacks but paper opaque enough to keep each page from bleeding through. It's easy to enjoy - so go ahead, enjoy it.

//wiredweird
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Inspiration 30 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
When my sister gave me this book for my birthday, it was one of the greatest presents I ever received. I was inspired, comforted, and emboldened by Masereel's wordless tale of a questing spirit. Despite the fact that I've read it literally hundreds of times (almost every night when I was working in Calcutta), I always see something new in the subtle, highly expressive woodcuts. Besides the brilliance of his technique, the story Maserel tells is exciting, complex, hilarious and moving. A treaure I wouldn't trade for practically anything.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a transcendant, wordless novel 31 May 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Frans Masereel made this "Novel in 165 Woodcuts" in 1919. With these 165 beautifully stark images, Masereel tells the story of a man's life - his love, his grief, his awe, his despair - without using a single word. "Passionate Journey" unfolds like a silent film; its attempt to communicate the reality of a lived life across boundaries of language (and literacy) gives it a quality of spiritual striving and - ultimately - transcendence. A small, luminous masterpiece.

"Look at these powerful black-and-white figures, their features etched in light and shadow. You will be captivated from beginning to end..." - Thomas Mann
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Catalyst 23 May 2000
By Todd Kuebler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Like the Tarot, the images here are universal and transformative. They have the additional benefit of a wry sense of humor and subtle undercurrents of a humanist sensibility.
A must have for any searcher or thinker.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The amazing graphic art of Frans Masereel - "Passionate Journey" and "The City" 28 Jan 2008
By H. B. Winslow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Passionate Journey" and "The City".
Both books of woodcuts are produced by Dover Books. The presentation of both is simple but the reproduction of the woodcuts is very good. These woodcuts are as fresh today as they must have been radical when first published in 1919 and 1925 respectively. These 'books without words' are fascinating in their portrayal of the human condition. "Passionate Journey" I believe to be a true work of art. One criticism of the editions is that they lack detailed information on Frans Masereel's life and times. I would liked to have much more on the impact of his work at the time and the context with regard to German Expressionism and the Weimar Republic. These books will hopefully introduce the work of Masereel to a much wider audience. They also represent reasonable value for money.
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