Berlin: Verlag Paul Cassirer, 1914-1916. Folios (ca. 47.5 × 32 cm). Original pictorial self-wrappers; most issues 4 pp. Housed in original cloth-backed printed card portfolio; the latter professionally repaired; most issues toned due to stock, as usual, and with a few occasional nicks but overall an about very good set.
A complete run of the important WWI-era periodical, richly illustrated with lithographs by leading German artists of the day, including Max Liebermann, Ernst Barlach, August Gaul, Hans Baluschek, Georg Kolbe, Käthe Kollwitz, Hans Meid, Max Slevogt, Max Beckmann, Willy Jaeckel, Max Unold, Rudolph Grossmann, Franz Heckendorf, Erich Büttner, Oskar Nerlinger, Max Oppenheimer, and many others. Most of the illustrations depict scenes from the war front and everyday life in German society. The texts range from largely patriotic statements by military and government leaders to writings by social critics. The publisher, Ernst Cassirer (1871-1926), a Jewish-German art dealer and publisher, was enthusiastically for the German national cause in the war, and founded the journal before volunteering for front service himself. Most of the artists involved were part of the "Freie Sezession" around Max Liebermann, although their depictions of the wartime events varied considerably in terms of their enthusiasm.
Book ID: 50807