Wednesday, 23 September 2009

German Dreams of Flying

German Aerospace Book Covers, 1884-1957...














Matthew Adams said...

Some of these covers are beautiful. The silhouette of the plane on the 1932 cover has a wonderful birdlike quality to it.

Christy Pinheiro, EA ABA said...

German art always seems to have such a hardness to it. These bookcovers are no exception. Germany IS the birthplace of Expressionism. It's like all the softness was drained out of every German paintbrush after 1905.

So many of these covers seem hyper-masculine to me, and I don't even think the phallic references are intentional. The spaceship on the last one looks like, well, you know. They don't call it the Fatherland for nothing.

Matthew Adams said...

All good phallic references are unintentional. Lot more fun to poke (is poking a phallic reference?) fun of.

JRSM said...

Even when that Germanic influence is feminised it can be a bit scary: see Tamara de Lempicka, for example.

Anonymous said...

who was actually polish...

JRSM said...

Good point!