This book for children featuring the poems of August Kopisch is a gem of Jugendstil (the Art Nouveau of Germany). From a series of titles illustrated by various Jugendstil practitioners, it represents design passion for pattern and the artists’ sense of wit and humor. Kopisch (1799–1853) lived long before the advent of Jugendstil but his spirited tales and poems, mostly retellings of legends and popular subjects, were sometimes naïve and humorous ballads, just the right tone for the illustrators of the late-19th century.
The book, part of Gerlach’s Jugendbücherei, was designed by Ferdinand Andri from Vienna, with decorations by Hans Fraunngruber.
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